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Mary Christina Wilson

 

Professor

Office: Herter 606
Telephone: (413) 545-6774
Fax: (413) 545-6137
E-mail: wilson@history.umass.edu
Brief CV

Degree: D.Phil., Oxford University (1984).
Fields of interest: Modern Middle East, Ottoman Empire, social/political.

Graduate Courses Offered:
Approaches to World History

Research Interests and Professional Activities
Profesoor Wilson's first book, King Abdullah, Britain and the Making of Jordan (Cambridge, England and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987), was reissued in paperback in 1990. An Arabic edition was published in 2000 by Cadmus Press in Beirut. The Modern Middle East: A Reader, edited by Professor Wilson, Albert Hourani, and Philip Khoury, was published in 1993 (Berkeley: University of California Press, London: I.B. Tauris) and translated into Arabic and published in Damascus in 1996. She is currently researching a ritual murder trial in Damascus in 1840 and exploring new narrative techniques and micro-history. She has held fellowships from the SSRC and the NEH and has been a fellow at the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. From 1997 through 2000 she served as Chair of the History Department. At present, she is a member of the board of directors of the Middle East Studies Association and a member of the board of trustees of the American Center for Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan.

Selected Writings:

A Modern Middle Eastern History Reader, ed. with Albert Hourani and Philip S. Khoury (London: Tauris, and Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993; Translated into Arabic in three volumes as al-Sharq al-awsat al-hadith, Damascus: Dar Tlas, 1996; Revised English edition, London: Tauris, 2004).

King Abdullah, Britain and the Making of Jordan (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987; Paperback edition 1990. Arabic translation, Abd allah wa sharq al-urdunn bayn baritaniyya wa al-hariqah al-sahyuniyya, Damascus: Cadmus Press, 2000). 

Damascus and the World: 1840 (working title). An analysis of the ritual murder trial that took place in Damascus in 1840 and of what the trial reveals about Damascene society, French cultural politics, and the place of Damascus in the imagination of the West.

Syria: A Country History. Under contract with Cambridge University Press.