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Lior Sternfeld

Lior Sternfeld

Lior Sternfeld

Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies
218 Weaver Building

Biography:

I am a social historian of the modern Middle East with particular interests in Jewish (and other minorities') histories of the region. I am currently completing my first book manuscript tentatively titled: "Integrated After All: Iranian Jews in the Twentieth Century," which examines the integration of the Jewish communities in Iran into the nation-building projects of the twentieth century. This book examines the development of the Iranian-Jewish communities vis-à-vis ideologies and institutions such as Iranian nationalism, Zionism, and constitutionalism, among others. My current research project examines the origins of "third-worldism" in the Middle East. My teaching interests include histories of modern Iran and the Middle East, Jewish histories of the Middle East, and social movements in the Middle East and beyond.

Recent Courses:

  • History of Zionism
  • Jewish Histories of the Middle East
  • Iran, Iranian Jews, and Israel
  • Introduction to the Modern Middle East

Education Details:

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 2014
M.A., Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Israel), 2008
B.A., Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Israel), 2006