Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Nathaniel George

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Department of Politics and International Studies Lecturer in Politics of the Middle East
Department of Politics and International Studies
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Term 2: Thursdays 3:00pm - 5:00pm (booking link in Bio)


Nathaniel George is Lecturer in Politics of the Middle East at SOAS, University of London. He is a global political historian of the modern Arab world and United States foreign relations. His research and teaching focus on the relationship between revolution, counterrevolution, sectarianism, and empire. Prior to joining SOAS, he was a Raphael Morrison Dorman Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Fellow at Columbia University’s Center for Palestine Studies. He holds a PhD in History from Rice University, an MA in Middle East Studies from the American University of Beirut, and a BA in Cinema from the University of Iowa.

His first book project, A Third World War: Revolution, Counterrevolution, and Empire in Lebanon, 1967–1982, lies at the intersection of global political and intellectual history, challenging depictions of the Lebanese civil war as an internal sectarian conflict or a proxy 'war of others.' Instead, it understands Lebanon as an important setting in an international civil war over the direction of decolonization and the shape of political representation in the Eastern Mediterranean. 

His research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, among others. His writings have been translated into Arabic and Spanish, and have appeared in Arab Studies JournalBidayatThe Arab Lefts: Histories and LegaciesAmerica in the World, 1776 to the Present, and Armed by Design/El Diseño a las Armas.

In 2022/23, Nathaniel convenes the modules Israel/Palestine and the International (undergraduate), International Politics of the Middle East (postgraduate), and co-convenes International Relations of the Middle East (undergraduate).

Many of his publications can be viewed on his profile.

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