Dr. Emile Sahliyeh Bio

Friday, August 5, 2005

Dr. Emile Sahliyeh
UNT associate professor of political science
Commencement speaker

Dr. Emile Sahliyeh, associate professor of political science, has been a great asset to the UNT Department of Political Science since he joined it in 1987.

Sahliyeh, an expert on the Middle East, was quoted frequently by the media during the Persian Gulf War and continues to be quoted by the media about the war in Iraq. In times of crisis, Sahliyeh has been interviewed by The Christian Science Monitor, The Dallas Morning News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

He is the instructor for several undergraduate courses, including International Relations, Conflict in the Middle East, Governments and Politics of the Middle East and Islam, Democracy and Human Rights, as well as several graduate courses.

He has authored many books including The PLO After the Lebanon War, In Search of Leadership: West Bank Politics Since 1967 and Religious Resurgence and Politics in the Contemporary World. He has also written chapters in anthologies on Middle Eastern politics. His articles have been published in the Jerusalem Journal of International Relations, Journal of Palestine Studies, International Studies Quarterly, Electoral Studies Journal of Asian and African Studies and Washington Quarterly. He is currently completing a manuscript on the Status of Democracy in the Middle East.

Sahliyeh has presented invited papers, lectures and workshops at Harvard University Center of International Affairs, Northwestern University, the Brookings Institute, Defense Intelligence College, U.S. State Department and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

He has been a member of Middle East Studies Association since 1986 and the National Advisory Council Foundation for Mideast Communication since 1989.

He was a member of the core Committee in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences four-year project on "The Nature of Security in the Middle East" from 1989-1993. Sahliyeh was also a core member of the Coordinating Committee and Consultant for a television documentary entitled Imagining the Peace: Alternative Futures from the Middle East from 1990-1991.

Sahliyeh is the director of the International Studies major in the Department of Political Science. He was named a Student Association Honor Professor in 2001. He also received the citation for Distinguished Service to International Education at UNT.

Sahliyeh received his bachelor's and master's degrees in international relations and political science from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon in 1971 and 1973 respectively. He received his doctorate in political science from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in 1978.

Sahliyeh was born in the Christian Quarter in Jerusalem. He is married and has two daughters.

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