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Juan R. I. Cole

Professor of History
1029 Tisch Hall
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003
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Juan R. I. Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three and a half decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent book is Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires (Nation Books, 218). He is also author of The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East (Simon & Schuster, July 2014), Engaging the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and many other books. He has translated works of Lebanese-American author Kahlil Gibran. He has appeared on PBS's Lehrer News Hour, ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Anderson Cooper 360, Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes' All In, the Colbert Report, Democracy Now! and many others. He has given many radio and press interviews. He has written widely about Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and South Asia. He has written about the upheavals in the Arab World since 2011, including about Sunni extremist groups and Shiite politics. He has regular columns at The Nation and Truthdig. Cole commands Arabic, Persian and Urdu and reads Turkish, knows both Middle Eastern and South Asian Islam. He lived in various parts of the Muslim world for more than a decade, and continues to travel widely there. A bibliography of his writings may be found here.


  • 1975   B.A. History and Literature of Religions, Northwestern University
  • 1978   M.A. Arabic Studies/History, American University in Cairo
  • 1984   Ph.D. Islamic Studies, University of California Los Angeles

    Professional History

  • 1984-1990   Assistant Professor of History, University of Michigan
  • 1990-1995   Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan
  • 1992-1995   Director, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Michigan
  • 1995-2007   Professor of History, University of Michigan
  • 2007-   Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History, University of Michigan
  • 2009-2012 Director, Center for South Asian Studies, University of Michigan
  • 2012-2017 Director, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Michigan

    Scholastic Awards and Grants
    ; John W. Kluge Chair of Countries and Cultures of the South, Library of Congress, May-August 2016
    ; Farhat J. Ziadeh Lecture, U. of Washington, May 2014
    ; Richard Leopold Lecture, Dept. of History, Northwestern University,, Oct. 29, 2012
    ; Distinguished Visiting Professor, March 10-17, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
    ; Distinguished Visiting Professor, American University in Cairo, May 2010
    ; Green Visiting Chair, Texas Christian University, February 2009
    ; Collegiate Professorship, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, University of Michigan, 2008 -
    ; James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, Hunter College, 2005.
    ; Hudson Research Professorship, Winter, 2003
    ; Award for Research in Turkey, May, 1999, International Institute, U-M
    ; Research Excellence Award, College of LSA, U-M, August, 1997
    ; OVPR and LSA Faculty Assistance Fund Grants, June, 1995
    ; LSA Faculty Assistance Fund Grant, March 1994
    ; Rackham Research Partnership, 1992-93
    ; National Endowment for the Humanities, Jan.-June, 1991
    ; Office of the Vice-President for Research, U-M (Pakistan), Summer 1990
    ; Horace H. Rackham Faculty Grant, Egypt, Summer 1988
    ; SSRC/ACLS Post-Doctoral Award, England, Summer 1986
    ; Fulbright-Hays Islamic Civilization Postdoctoral Award, Egypt, 1985-86
    ; SSRC/ACLS Doctoral Fellowship, Pakistan, India, UK, 1981-83
    ; Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Fellowship, India, 1982

    At the University of Michigan, he teaches courses on the modern history of the Middle East and on South Asia. He regularly teaches History 241, America and Middle Eastern Wars. He also offers a survey, History 443 Modern Middle East History. For graduate students he offersr History 664 Studies on the Modern Middle East, History 749 Seminar on the Modern Middle East, and History 793 The Study of the Near East, and has co-taught History 615 Comparative World History.

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