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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 decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent book is Engaging the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, March, 2009) and he also recently authored Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and many other works. He has translated works of Lebanese-American author Kahlil Gibran. He has been a regular guest on PBS's Lehrer News Hour, and has also appeared on ABC Nightly News, Nightline, the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Anderson Cooper 360, Rachel Maddow, 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 commented extensively on al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the Iraq War, the politics of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Iranian domestic struggles, the Arab Spring and its aftermath, and foreign affairs. He has a regular column at Salon.com. He continues to study and write about contemporary Islamic movements, whether mainstream or radical, whether Sunni and Salafi or Shi`ite. Cole commands Arabic, Persian and Urdu and reads some Turkish, knows both Middle Eastern and South Asian Islam. He lived in various parts of the Muslim world for nearly 10 years, 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
  • 2012-2013 Director, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Michigan

    Scholastic Awards and Grants
    ; 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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