Keith David Watenpaugh

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Keith David Watenpaugh (October 8, 1966-) is an Associate Professor of Modern Islam, Human Rights and Peace at the University of California, Davis. He is a historian of the Modern Middle East[1] and his current work focuses on the history, theory and practice of humanitarianism, primarily in the 20th-century Middle East.[2]


He is best known for his first book, Being Modern in the Middle East: Revolution, Nationalism, and Colonialism and the Arab Middle Class. (Princeton: Princeton University Press 2006),[3] as well as the 2003 report “Opening Doors: Academic Conditions and Intellectual Life in Post-War Baghdad,”[4] which was highly critical of early American cultural and education policies in post-invasion Iraq.

He is currently working on a book entitled, Bread from Stones: The Middle East and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism. An excerpt from this work is forthcoming in the American Historical Review.[5]

Awards and honors[edit]

He was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow in International Peace at the United States Institute of Peace (2008–2009)[6] and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Middle East Studies.[7] In addition, he was the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah (2005–2006).[8]

He has also had the CIEE Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, Social Science Research Council, Will Rogers and the American Academic Research Institute in Iraq fellowships; he was the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow in Middle East Studies at Williams College in 1998-2000.


"A Fragile Glasnost on the Tigris" Middle East Report, 228: Fall 2003.[1]

"Middle East Brain Drain," National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation - 11/22/2006 [2]

"Death of Iraq's middle class: The country's best and brightest have fled, demolishing hope for the country's future" Chicago Sun Times 1/25/2007

"Cleansing the Cosmopolitan City: Historicism, Journalism and the Arab Nation in the Post-Ottoman Eastern Mediterranean,” Social History 30:1 (2005)[3]

Being Modern in the Middle East. Princeton University Press, 2006. [4]

"The League of Nations' Rescue of Armenian Genocide Survivors and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism, 1920-1927," American Historical Review, 115:5, (December 2010).


External links[edit]

Official Website [5]

USIP Biography [6]