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John Knight

Associate Professor

 707-B Pray-Harrold



Ph.D., Oxford University 
M.Sc., Oxford University 
BA (Hons), SOAS, Univ. of London

Professional Associations/Memberships

Representative Courses Taught

HIST 100 The Comparative Study of Religion
HIST 103 20th-Century Civilization
HIST 110 World History since 1500
HIST 300W Researching and Writing History
HIST 339 Arab-Israeli Conflict
HIST 341 Modern Middle East History
HIST 543 Studies in Modern Middle East History
HIST 688 Historiography


Interests and Expertise

Professor Knight specializes in modern Middle East history. He teaches courses on the modern Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and also on the Middle East since the rise of Islam. He is particularly interested in 20th century Palestine/Israel. Professor Knight's research focuses on Palestine during the British (Mandate) period.

Selected Publications

“The Successful Failure of Reform: Police Legitimacy in Mandate Palestine.” In The Routledge Handbook of the History of the Middle East Mandates, edited by Cyrus Schayegh and Andrew Arsan, 198–211. London: Routledge, 2015.