Hisham H. Ahmed
Professor - Department of Politics
Saint Mary’s College of California
Tel: 925 878-1427
To enhance international understanding through teaching and research.
Ph.D. Political Science,
M.A. Political Science,
B.A. Political Science,
American Foreign Policy and Palestinian Self-Determination: 1917-1948
Advisor: Dr. Stanley
AREAS OF TEACHING COMPETENCE
International Relations: American foreign policy, East/West relations, NATO, political economy and international law.
Comparative Politics: comparative foreign policy, politics of the third world,
Political Theory: Classical, medieval and contemporary thinkers.
American Government: Introduction to American government, the presidency, political thought, state and local government.
PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
Fall 2006-Present, Associate Professor of Politics, Saint Mary’s College of
Taught International Relations; Comparative Politics and
Spring 1994-Spring 2006, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Department of History and Political Science, Birzeit University, (Associate since spring 2000)
Taught undergraduate courses: Introduction to International Relations; Introduction to Comparative Politics; Arab Political Thought; Inter-Arab Relations; Arab Political Systems; The Question of Palestine on the World Stage; American Foreign Policy and War in the Gulf
Fall 1995-2003, Professor of International Studies, Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies,
Taught graduate courses: Theories of International Relations; Comparative Foreign Policy; Arab-Israeli Negotiations and Globalization.
Fall 2000-Present, Professor of Contemporary Arab Studies,
Taught a variety of graduate courses: The Arab World and the West, The Arab World in World Affairs, Globalism, World Zionism and Inter-Arab Relations
Spring-Fall 1998, Visiting Professor,
Taught Arab-Israeli Conflict and Palestinian Society and Culture
1994-1996, Professor of Cultural Studies,
July 1994-June 1996, Research Fellow,
Conducted oral history research on Palestinian society and published a monthly newsletter on relevant topics.
Fall 1995, Visiting Professor,
Taught cultural studies courses.
May 1994-Dec. 1994, Research Fellow,
Conducted research on the impact of Israeli settlements on
July 1993-April 1994, Fulbright Scholar, Visiting Research Fellow, Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA),
Conducted research on the Islamic movement in Palestinian society and on Palestinian-Israeli national security; supervised Palestinian research team for strategic security studies; advised various independent research projects; chaired round table discussions on all aspects of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Fall 1993, Visiting Professor, Palestinian
Taught course on legal concepts.
Fall 1991-Spring 1993, Visiting Assistant Professor,
Taught American Government and Politics,
Fall 1989-Spring 1991, Visiting Assistant Professor,
Taught American Foreign Policy,
Fall 1987-Winter 1989, Teaching Assistant, University of California, Santa Barbara, International Law; Introduction to Political Theory, American Foreign Policy and International Relations.
October 1986-January 1987, Research Assistant, “Islamic Medieval Thought,” Black Studies Department,
“Palestinian Resistance and ‘Suicide Bombing’: Causes and Consequences,” in Tore Bjorgo, ed., Root Causes of Terrorism: Myths, Reality and Ways Forward.
“The Evolution of Hamas in Palestinian Society: Domestic, Regional and International Determinants,” in L. Sergio Germani and D R Kaarthikeyan, eds., Pathways Out of Terrorism and Insurgency: The Dynamics of Terrorist Violence and Peace Processes.
Ibrahim Abu-Lughod: Resistance, Exile and Return. Birzeit,
“Palestinian Resistance and ‘Suicide Bombing’: Causes and Consequences,” in Tore Bjorgo, ed., Proceedings of Root Causes of Terrorism: Expert Meeting Conference, June 9-11, 2003.
“The Rise of Sharonism during the Aqsa Intifada: Causes and Ramifications,” in The Impact of the Israeli Elections on the Local, Regional and International Levels: A Preliminary Analysis of the Elections of the Sixteenth Knesset,
Does the Solution Lie in the
“The Islamic Movement and the Future of the Opposition: Towards Collapse,” (pamphlet in Arabic).
“Roots of Denial: American Stand on Palestinian Self-Determination from the Balfour Declaration to World War Two,” in Michael W. Suleiman, ed.,
“Roots of Denial: American Stand on Palestinian Self-Determination from the Balfour Declaration to World War Two,” in Michael W. Suleiman, ed.,
“Realism Misperceived: Arab American Discourse and the Question of Palestine,” in Annelies Moors, Tione van Teefeelen, et al, eds., Discourse and
From Religious Salvation to Political Transformation: the Rise of Hamas in Palestinian Society.
“Hamas under the Spotlight,” against The Current, January/February, 2008. pp. 25-30.
“The High Stakes of Unity, ” (Interview)Against The Current, May/June, 2007, pp. 8-9.
“The Consequences of Chias,” The Magazine of Saint Mary’s College of California, Vol. 27, No. 3, Spring, 2007, pp. 19-21.
“External Islamist influence: Encouraging al-Qaeda,” (interview) Bitterlemons, Ed. 17, May 1, 2006.
“The new Hamas government and the conflict: A new reality,” Bitterlemons, Ed. 13, March 27, 2006.
“The legal status of
“No "concessions" intended,” Bitterlemons, Ed. 28,
“Violence is unavoidable for as long as the occupation continues,” Bitterlemons, Ed. 47,
“Die Al-Aqsa-Intifada und Genfer Abkommen,” Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte,
“Bold steps required,” Bitterlemons, Vol. 2, Ed.17,
“Meddling and Mismanagement,” Bitterlemons, Ed. 33, September 1, 2003.
“The Rise of ‘Sharonism’ through the Aqsa Intifada,” Bitterlemons, Ed. 5,
“The Particularity of the Establishment of the Palestinian Elite,” (commentary in Arabic), Ibrahim Abu Lughod Institute of International Studies, 2003, pp. 53-54.
“The Impact of the Gulf Crisis on
“Consequences of Displacement after the Gulf Crisis: a Study of the Responses of 207 Displaced Palestinian and Jordanian Workers,” Digest of
“Palestinian State-Formation: Means and Ends,” American-Arab Affairs, Summer 1990, No. 33, pp. 10-34.
“Medicine as a Political Weapon: Interview with Dr. Martin Rubenberg,” American-Arab Affairs, Spring 1990, No. 32, pp. 71-80.
“From the Balfour Declaration to World War II: The
“A textbook for undergraduates in the
“International Law and Solutions to the Arab-Israeli Conflict,” (discussion remarks), Proceedings of the 83rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, Chicago: April 5-8, 1989, p. 137.
“History of International Law,” (discussion remarks), Proceedings of the 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law,
Review of The Palestinians: New Directions, Michael C. Hudson, (Washington, D.C.: Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, 1990), Digest of
Review of Basque Violence: Metaphor and Sacrament, Joseba Zulaika, (Reno & Las Vegas: University of Nevada Press, 1988), Conflict Quarterly, Winter 1990, pp. 49-52.
Review of Israeli National Security Policy: Political Actors and Perspectives, Bernard Reich and Gershon R. Kieval, eds., (New York: Greenwood Press, 1988), Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, December 1989, pp. 246-247.
Review of Britain and the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1948-51, Ilan Pappe, (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1988), Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, Vol. 23, No. 1, July 1989, pp. 83-84.
Review article of
Review of Secrets of the Bible People, Kamal Salibi, (Brooklyn, NY: Interlink Books, 1988), Journal of Palestine Studies, Spring 1989, Vol. XVIII, No. 3, pp. 150-152.
Newspaper/ Magazine Articles
“The Aqsa Intifada and the Sharonite Apartheid Wall,” (in Arabic) Al-Ayyam Newspaper,
“The Elections Reflected Reality: There’s a Retreat for the PLO Factions,” (interview in Arabic)Media Monitor,
“The Aqsa Intifada and the
“The Aqsa Intifada and the Symbolism of Palestinian Struggle,” (in Arabic) Al-Ayyam Newspaper,
“The Aqsa Intifada and the Outburst of Initiatives,” (in Arabic) Al-Ayyam Newspaper,
“Palestinian Policy Towards the Probable American War on
“The Aqsa Intifada and the Collapse of Sharonite Strategy,” (in Arabic) Al-Ayyam Newspaper,
“The Man Dies But His Memory Doesn’t,” (in Arabic) Al-Ayyam Newspaper,
“The Aqsa Intifada and the Regional Balance of Power,” (in Arabic) Al-Ayyam Newspaper,
“The Aqsa Intifada and the Impact of the Siege,” (in Arabic) Al-Ayyam Newspaper,
“The Aqsa Intifada and the Bias of the American Stance,” (in Arabic) Al-Ayyam Newspaper,
“The Aqsa Intifada and the Bogey Sharon,” (in Arabic) Al-Ayyam Newspaper,
“The Aqsa Intifada and the Ramifications of the Arab Political System,” (in Arabic)
“The Aqsa Intifada and the Necessities of Planning,” (in Arabic) Al-Ayyam Newspaper,
“The Current Negotiations,” (interview) Palestine Report,
“The Aqsa Intifada and the Nightmares of Political Settlements,” (in Arabic) Al-Ayyam Newspaper,
“The Aqsa Intifada: Between the Choices of Negotiating, Demonstrating and Resistance,” (in Arabic) Al-Ayyam Newspaper,
“The Aqsa Intifada as a Strategy for
“Stumbling and Slipping: Barak exceeds the Right in
“Characteristics of the Outgoing Century and Expectations of the New One,” (interview in Arabic) Palestine Today Weekly,
“Even If There Was a Withdrawal: Lebanon Will Continue to be in Conflict,” (in Arabic) Al-Ayyam Newspaper,
“The Refugee Camp on Land Day: Between the Memory of Pain and The Hope of Tomorrow,” (in Arabic) Al-Quds Newspaper,
“Refugee Camps and the Upcoming Local Elections,” (in Arabic) Al-Ayyam Newspaper,
“The Necessity of
“The Question of
“Autonomy for Palestinians?”
“Intifada in Palestinian Political Thought Needed,” Al-Fajr Jerusalem Palestinian Weekly,
“War in the Gulf: Causes and Consequences,” (two-part article), The Beacon, FIU Student Newspaper,January 22, 1991, p. 13 and January 29, 1991, p. 9.
“The Intifada from a Historical Perspective,” Al-Fajr Jerusalem Palestinian Weekly,
“Drum Solo,” (Translation of poem by Nizar Qabbani), Al-Fajr Jerusalem Palestinian Weekly,
“Blind Men and Elephants,” The Braille Monitor, February 1990, pp. 140-141.
Translation of the introduction to The Trilogy of the Children of the Stones, by Nizar Qabbani, The Return, January 1990, pp. 42-43.
“An Interview with Ellen Nassab,” The Link, Vol. 22, No. 3, July/August 1989, pp. 1-9.
“Anti-Palestinianism in the
“The History Behind the Intifada,” The Return, April 1989, pp. 32-35.
“Blindness as a Sudden, Unexpected Encounter: Physical Pain or Trauma of Societal Misperception,” Al-Fajr Jerusalem Palestinian Weekly,
“’I Smell a Rat’: Why Are Palestinians Misperceived?” Daily Nexus,
“Denial of Palestinian Rights Revisited,” (three-part article), Daily Nexus, University of California Santa Barbara, February 25, p. 13; February 26, pp. 8-9; February 29, 1988, pp. 8-9.
“The Vitality of Collective Action,” The Magnifier, Braille Institute of Santa Barbara,
“Palestinian Institutions Must Develop Critical Strategies,” Al-Fajr Jerusalem Palestinian Weekly,
FEATURE ARTICLES (Selected)
“Unencumbered Vision,” by Matt Krupnick , Contra Costa Times, October 9, 2006, pp. 3 & 4.
“Ahmed’s Wall,” by John Donnelly, The Miami Herald, January 3, 1996, pp. 1E & 3E.
CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION (Selected)
“Impact of the War on the Palestinians,” in “Crisis in the Middle East: From Mesopotamia to the Holy Land,” (Teach-in), Saint Mary’s
“Hamas and Al-Qa’ida: The Unlikely Marriage,” in “Al-Qa’ida and its Network: The Strengths of Five Relationships,” The
“Palestinian Resistance and ‘Suicide Bombing’: Causes and Consequences,” in “Root Causes of Terrorism: Expert Meeting Conference,”
“The Evolution of Hamas in Palestinian Society: Domestic, Regional and International Determinants,” in “Pathways Out of Terrorism and Insurgency: Comparative Analysis of Peace Processes Conference,”
“Islam and the West,” in “Islam and Human Rights,” The National Palace Hotel,
“Autonomy: Its Meaning, Its Evolution: The European, Israeli and Palestinian Viewpoints,” in “Relations between Europe and the Middle East,” The Hebrew
“Blindness: Between Myth and Reality,” (panel participant) in “The Psychology of the Blind,” Voluntary Social Services Department,
“Towards a Democratic Society,” in “The First Palestinian Conference on Democracy,”
“Ethics and Politics in American Dominance,” (panel chair) and “Peace and the Dilemmas of State Building,” (panel member) in “
“Arab Effectiveness in the
“The Gulf Crisis: The Arab Angle,” (panel chair) in “American Political Science Association Annual Meeting,”
“The Politics of Regional Cooperation Among Developing Countries,” (panel discussant) in “International Political Science Association Fifteenth World Congress,”
“Arab Political and Economic Integration: The Case of the Gulf Cooperation Council”, (paper presented) in “American Political Science Association Annual Meeting,”
“American Foreign Policy and Palestinian Self-Determination Prior to 1948,” (panel discussant), and “States, Institutions and National Identity,” (panel discussant) in “New York State Political Science Association Annual Conference,”
“Nuclear Armament in the Middle East,” (paper presented) in “Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Meeting,”
“Palestinian State Formation,” (paper presented) in “Association of Arab-American University Graduates Annual Convention,”
“Leadership Seminar,” University of
SEMINARS/ LECTURES/ SPEECHES AND PRESENTATIONS (Selected)
“Removing the Barriers”, (presentation/guest speaker),Disabilities Awareness,
“Stability and Security in the Middle East after the Gulf War,” (organizer and moderator) in “Prospects in the Middle East after the Madrid Peace Conference,” international telephone hook-up lecture-series with professors of political science at the University of Baghdad; Kuwait University; Northwestern University, Chicago; Press and Information Counselor, Israeli Consulate, Chicago; the University of North Dakota; the Director of the Jewish Committee on the Middle East, Washington D.C., University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, November, 1991.
“We Are Disabled But We Are Not Handicapped: Do you Believe It?” (panel organizer/moderator),
“Peace and Justice in the Middle East,” (keynote speaker),Unitarian Universalists National Convention,
“United Nations Peacekeeping in the New World Order: The Case of the Middle East,” (panelist), United Nations Association,
“The Civil Rights of the ‘Enemy’ in Time of War,” (panelist),ACLU Forum,
“Search for Peace in the Middle East,” (panelist), Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice,
“Background on the War in the Gulf,” (lecture and discussion), Students for Social Justice,
“The Gulf Crisis,” (lecture and discussion), First United Methodist Church,
“Nuclear Threat/Nuclear Proliferation: The Future of Israel,
“The Middle East Crisis,” (panelist), Florida International University, North Miami Campus,
“The Gulf Crisis after Three Months,” Palestinian Student Association,
“The Gulf Crisis: Catalyst for a New International Order?” (organizer of telephone hook-up seminar)
“The Arab-Israeli Conflict,” Secular Humanists of South Florida,
“The Palestinian Intifada: Why Is It Happening?”
“Palestinian Universities Under Occupation: Third World Perspectives,” Students for Socialist Action, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, May, 1988.
“American Foreign Policy and the Right of Other Peoples to Self-Determination,” Political Theory, Political Science Department, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, May, 1988.
“Analysis of the Causes of the Palestinian Uprising,” Residence Halls Activities Board, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, April, 1988.
“The Politics of Blindness and Palestinianism,” Voice of the Stranger, Religious Studies Department,
“Analysis of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict,” Middle East History Graduate Seminar, History Department,
“History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict,” Residence Halls Activities Board,
“Roots of the Palestinian Problem,” Political Forum, International Students Club,
“Blindness: What It Is and What It Is Not,” Residence Halls Activities Program,
“Jordanian-Palestinian Relations: Bonded by History and Cause,” Palestinian Friendship Committee,
“Islam: Social and Religious Context,”
MEDIA POLITICAL ANALYST AND COMMENTATOR (Selected)
A frequent guest-speaker on a variety of radio, satellite, national and local Arabic and English TV Channels, and newspapers, such as CNN, MacNeil-Lehrer Report, BBC World Service, ANN, Aljazeera, Fox News, New York Times, Washington Post,Chicago Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and The Economist.
Selected as an interlocutor to conduct extensive interviews with all seven Palestinian presidential candidates, including President Mahmoud Abbas, each for an hour and a half, on Palestine TV, January 2005.
“Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century,” PBS TV January 8, 2007.
“The Kidnapping of Journalists in
“Can the Calm be Preserved?”
“Continued Israeli Attacks,”
“Hamas,” Dutch TV, May 9, 2005.
“Primary Elections in Fateh,” Voice of
“Ardugan’s Visit to
“Putin’s Visit to
“Establishment of a
“Changes in the Palestinian Security Apparatuses,” CNN TV, April 24, 2005.
“Non-violent Palestinian Resistance,”
“Possibility of Postponing Palestinian Legislative Elections,” Al-Alam Satellite TV,
“Domestic Palestinian Security Arrangements,”
“Problems Between Hamas and Fateh,” Islam International Radio in
“The Upcoming Arab
“Palestinian National Dialogue in
“The Sharm Al-Sheikh Meeting,” Radio
“What's After the Sharm Al-Sheikh Meeting,” Bloomberg News Agency, February 7, 2005.
“Latest Developments in
“Contemporary Palestinian Affairs,” Al-Jazeera TV, January 16, 2005.
“Palestinian Elections,”WYPR Radio in
“Analysis of Palestinian Elections Results,” Al-Jazeera TV, January 11, 2005.
“Palestinian Elections,”Swedish TV, January 9, 2005.
“Palestinian Elections,”ANN TV, January 7, 2005.
“Palestinian Elections and Israeli Complications,” South African Broadcasting Corporation, January 7, 2005.
“Israeli Settlements,” Voice of
“The Likud Vote to Invite New Parties to the Government,” Al-Jazeera TV,
“The Egyptian Role in
“The Right of Palestinian Refugees to Return,” Watan TV, April 21, 2004.
“Fateh Revolutionary Council Meeting,” Izis Radio in
“The Palestinian Authority Needs to Pay More Attention to Its People,” (interview in Arabic) Filistin Al Muslima (Muslim
“This Year's Christmas Celebration in
“Mahmoud Abbas Reports to the Palestinian Legislative Council,” BBC World Service Radio, September 4, 2003.
“Analysis of the Roadmap,”BBC World Service, June 29, 2003.
“The Anniversary of
“Developments After the War on
“The War on
“Israeli-Ugandan Relations,” Al-Sudan TV, January 18, 2003.
“Closure of Universities,” BBC World Service, January 6, 2003.
“Palestinian-Israeli Relations,” Australian TV, December 30, 2002.
“The Invasion of
“Formation of the New Israeli Government,”
“The Bombing in Umm Al-Fahem,” NBN TV, September 18, 2002.
“US War on
“The Role of Hamas in Palestinian Politics,” ART TV, July 9, 2002.
“The Popularity of Yasir Arafat,” Canadian National TV, July 7, 2002.
“The Resignation of Jibril Al-Rujub,” Radio Bethlehem 2000, July 7, 2002.
“Analysis of Bush’s Plan,” Australian National Radio,
“The Latest Incursion and Ministerial Changes,” German Radio, June 10, 2002.
“The Arrest of Marwan Barghouthi,” Al-Jazeera TV, June 4, 2002.
“The Siege of Arafat,” Al-Jazeera TV, May 14, 2002.
“Palestinian Institutions of Higher Education Under Siege,” Al-Jazeera TV,
“Speech as the Representative of the Palestinian Destroyed Towns,” Palestinian Presidential Headquarters, broadcast on Palestine TV, March 3, 2002.
“The Palestinian Federation of the Blind: Why and Where Is It Going?” Israeli Radio, Arabic service, January 16, 1994.
“The PLO-Israeli Mutual Recognition Agreement,” Blue Danube Radio Station,
“Prospects of Peace in the Middle East,” WTSP-TV,
“James Baker’s Diplomatic Mission to the Middle East of March 1991,” (panel discussion with Samuel Lewis, former U.S. Ambassador to Tel Aviv; Shlomo Gazit, former Chief, Israeli Military Intelligence and Ziad Abu Amr, Professor of Political Science at Birzeit University), MacNeil-Lehrer Report: PBS Television, March 13, 1991.
“Commentary on Arab-American Situation,” WPLG Channel 10 TV (ABC affiliate),
“The Gulf War,” WLRN Radio,
“Background and Implications of the Gulf Crisis,” WPLG Channel 10 TV (ABC affiliate),
“Arab-Americans and FBI Surveillance,” WCIX Channel 6 TV (CBS affiliate),
“Analysis of the Implications of UN Security Council Resolution 678 Authorizing the Use of Force Against
“U.S. Dependency on Foreign Oil,” Focus on South Florida panel discussion, WBFS-TV, Miami, Florida, November 25, 1990.
“Mandela's Visit to
“Days of Rage: A Panel Discussion of the PBS Broadcast,” WNWS Radio,
“Interview of Edward Said,” KCSB Radio,
“The Palestinian Uprising: Impact and Implications,” KCSB Radio,
“Palestinian Life under Occupation,” KCSB Radio,
“The Palestinian Teachers' Strike: Causes and Effects,” Israeli TV Arabic Language Broadcast,
For a more comprehensive list, refer to detailed CV.
RESEARCH GRANTS. FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS (Selected)
-Fulbright Research Fellow Grant, July 1993-April 1994.
-Faculty Instructional Development Committee Grant for Research Project on “Impact of the Gulf Crisis on
-Faculty Research Grant, Office of Research and Program Development for Research Project on “Impact of the Gulf Crisis on
-Project Grant, Instructional Development Office, for phone hook-up lecture series on the Middle East, University of North Dakota,
-Humanities/Social Sciences Research Grant, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, May, 1987.
HONORS AND AWARDS (Selected)
-Robert G. Wesson Prize for the best graduate paper in comparative government and/or international relations, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, May, 1987.
-Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society (Political Science),
UNIVERSITY EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (Selected)
-Member, Political Science Graduate Students Association,
-President, International Students Club, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1985-86, (organizer and moderator), “Political Forum,” a weekly series of lectures on topics such as Protectionism, Chicano poetry, International law and terrorism, Roots of the Palestinian problem, Palestinian education on the West Bank, Libya between the superpowers, SDI (Strategic Disengagement and Independence: Star Wars), the Green Party in Germany, EEC-Comecon relations: prospects and history, Non-violence as an option for solving the Middle East conflict, Downfall of the Marcos regime.
-Active member, Global Review,
-Member, Middle East Students Association,
-Board Member, AAUG, 1992-1993.
-American Society of International Law.
-American Political Science Association.
-Founding Member, Arab Human Rights Organization-USA, November, 1989 and Legal Coordinator, March, 1990.
-Co-founder and Secretary, American Arab Business and Professional Coalition, (AABPC), March 1990-June 1993.
-Co-founder and Research Program Committee Chair, Alternatives: Arab Council for Change, October 1990.