Rashid Khalidi is Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies and Director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1970, and his D.Phil. from Oxford University in 1974. He has taught at the Lebanese University, the American University of Beirut, Georgetown, and the University of Chicago. He is past President of the Middle East Studies Association, and was an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 until June 1993. He is Vice President of the American Task Force on Palestine.
Khalidi is the author of Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America’s Perilous Path in the Middle East (2004), Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (1997), which won the Middle East Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Prize as best book of 1997, Under Siege: PLO Decision-making during the 1982 War (1986), and British Policy towards Syria and Palestine, 1906-1914 (1980), and is co-editor of Palestine and the Gulf (1982) and The Origins of Arab Nationalism (1991). His books have been translated into Arabic, Hebrew, French, Italian and Spanish. He has written over seventy-five articles on aspects of modern Middle Eastern history.