UCLA has experts on the politics, history and culture in the Middle East, Israel and Palestine, Arab-Israeli relations and Islamic law. Click an expert’s name for a more detailed biography and contact information.
Modern Middle East and Israel

Dov Waxman
Waxman is director of UCLA’s Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies and holds the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Israel Studies. His research focuses on the conflict over Israel–Palestine, Israeli politics and foreign policy, U.S.–Israel relations, American Jewry’s relationship with Israel, American Jewish politics and anti-Semitism.

James Gelvin
Gelvin is a professor of history and author of “The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know” and “The Contemporary Middle East in an Age of Upheaval.” He is an expert on the social, cultural and political history of the modern Middle East, including the Israeli-Palestine conflict, and on the “new” Middle East that has taken shape since the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the regional uprisings of 2010–11.

Kevan Harris
Harris is an assistant professor of sociology and an expert on modern Iran, specifically Iranian politics, government and society. He is also an authority on economic development in the Middle East and the history of the Middle East.

Saree Makdisi
Makdisi is a professor of English and comparative literature and he has written extensively on politics in the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is the author of “Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation.”

Shahin Berenji
Berenji is a lecturer in the department of political science and an expert on international security, foreign policy decision-making, the Arab-Israeli conflict, American foreign policy in the Middle East, diplomatic history and the Cold War.

Steven Spiegel
Spiegel is a professor of political science and director of UCLA’s Center for Middle East Development. He is an expert on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

David Myers
Myers is a professor of history and past director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies. He is an expert on the history of Zionism, Israel and Jewish-Arab relations. Meyers is the author of numerous books, including “Between Jew and Arab: The Lost Voice of Simon Rawidowicz.”

Benjamin Radd
Radd is a lecturer of global studies, international and area studies, and political science in the UCLA College. Radd is an expert on government and politics in the Middle East, particularly Iran, and U.S. foreign policy.

Stuart Gabriel
Gabriel is a professor of finance in the Anderson School of Management, and also serves as a visiting professor at the Recanati Graduate School of Business at Tel Aviv University. He is an expert on economic and housing issues in Israel.

Neil Netanel
Netanel is a professor of law and past director of UCLA’s Israeli studies program. A dual U.S.–Israeli citizen, he is an active member of the Israel Bar Association, has practiced law in Israel and has taught in Israeli law schools as a visiting lecturer.

Kal Raustiala
Raustiala is a professor of law and director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations. He is an expert on international law and international relations.

Yoram Cohen
Cohen is a distinguished professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and an expert on water purification and desalination. An adjunct professor at Ben-Gurion University in Israel, Cohen is also an expert water and natural resources issues in Israel and other parts of the Middle East.

History and culture of the Middle East and Israel


Nile Green
Green is a professor of history and an expert on the history of Islam and Muslim societies, as well as Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Rahim Shayegan
Shayegan is a professor and director of Iranian Studies in the department of Near Eastern languages and cultures and the director of the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World. He is an expert on Iranian history and his scholarship has covered the languages, literary traditions and history of Iran and Mesopotamia from antiquity to the early medieval period.

Mark Kligman
Kligman is a professor of ethnomusicology in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and an expert in the liturgical traditions of Middle Eastern Jewish communities and various areas of popular Jewish music.


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