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Employment History

History Professor
Arizona State University


Faculty Member
Arizona State University Art Museum

Arizona State University Art Museum


Research Fellow
Oxford University

Professor Emeritus
Arizona State University Art Museum

Board Member

Member of Advisory Board


doctoral degree

Washington University , St. Louis

bachelor's degree with honors Degree

George Washington University

bachelor of letters Degree

Oxford University

master's Degree

Washington University , St. Louis



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Professor Roger Adelson, History, Arizona State University, USA

ASU Foundation for a New American University - Putting the Contemporary Middle East into a Contemporary Global Context

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Since retiring from ASU, Roger Adelson has traveled around the world and has brought back different viewpoints comparing events in the contemporary Middle East with those in other countries.

During this event, ASU Professor Emeritus Roger Adelson will compare current events in the Middle East with happenings elsewhere in Africa and Asia, illustrating his observations with stories from travels through Canada, Latin America and Eastern Europe since retiring from ASU in June 2010.
Roger Adelson received a bachelor's degree with honors from George Washington University, a bachelor of letters from Oxford University, and master's and doctoral degrees from Washington University, St. Louis, where he held a graduate Danforth Fellowship. Adelson was an Alistair Horne Research Fellow at Oxford and taught briefly at Harvard before joining the Arizona State University faculty in 1974.
At ASU, Adelson has taught undergraduate courses in modern British, global, and Middle Eastern History as well as graduate-level comparative courses and research seminars. Chair of over 30 honor's, master's and doctoral committees, he has received awards for outstanding teaching and mentoring from the history department, the honors college, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, ASU and Advanced Placement.
Early in 2012, Adelson was invited to give a public lecture at Oxford University's Middle East Centre entitled Truman to Bush: The Impact of the Middle East upon the U.S. Presidency from 1945 to 2009, the topic for a book-length essay he is now writing. He recently finished his manuscript on Winston Churchill and the Middle East from 1905-1955, and published an article, British and U.S. Use and Misuse of the Term, 'Middle East', in Is There a Middle East? The Evolution of a Concept. Adelson continues what he calls his "global odyssey" in 2013, when he will visit Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, Australasia, and South, Central and Western Asia.
Roger Adelson, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

PCEP Spring 2010 Classes

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Special attention will be given to how the new oil wealth of the Persian Gulf became a powerful magnet and the main arena for what Professor Adelson calls the Oil Wars, which eclipsed the Cold War and the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian Conflicts.

The lecture will wrap up with a look at the policies of the George W. Bush administration toward the Middle East since Sept. 11, 2001, and focus on how the Anglo-American legacy is currently viewed by Arabs, Israelis, Persians, Turks, Brits and Americans.
Roger Adelson, Ph.D joined ASU as a faculty member in 1974, serving as a professor of history and teaching undergraduate courses in modern British, global and middle eastern history, along with graduate-level comparative courses and research seminars. Professor Adelson has chaired more than 30 honors, masters and doctoral committees; received awards for outstanding teaching and mentoring from ASU, the Department of the History; Barrett, the Honors College; and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He has previously taught courses for the ASU President's Community Enrichment Programs. Additionally, he has published three books; more than 100 articles, essays and reviews in scholarly journals; and edited for The Historian. He has traveled all over the world to consult with the media and advise private and public institutions about the modern Middle East and the Islamic world. Professor Adelson plans to complete another book in the spring and retire from the university in May.
Roger Adelson
Roger Adelson Professor of history, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

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Roger Adelson, Arizona State University

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