Professor of history at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Currently interested in histories of forced migration, the construction of refugee and asylum policies, and decolonization and mass violence. Most recent books are States of Separation: Transfer, Partition, and the Making of the Middle East (University of California Press, 2017) and the edited volume Partitions: A Transnational History of 20th Century Territorial Separatism (with Arie Dubnov; Stanford University Press, 2019).
The first collective history of the concept of partition, tracing its emergence in the aftermath of the First World War and locating its genealogy in the politics of twentieth-century empire and decolonization.
STATES OF SEPARATION
Placing the histories of Iraq, Palestine, and Syria within a global context of emerging state systems intent on creating new forms of international authority, States of Separation sheds new light on the emergence of ethnic separatism in the modern Middle East.
MINORITIES AND THE MODERN ARAB WORLD
The first volume to upend the conceptual frame of reference for studying Middle Eastern minority communities in nearly two decades, Minorities and the Modern Arab World represents a major intervention in modern Middle East studies.
COLONIALISM AND CHRISTIANITY IN MANDATE PALESTINE
Drawing on a rich base of British archival materials, Arabic periodicals, and secondary sources, Colonialism and Christianity in Mandate Palestine brings to light the ways in which the British colonial state in Palestine exacerbated sectarianism.
Modernity, Minority, and the Public Sphere: Jews and Christians in the Middle East | ed. S.R. Goldstein-Sabbah and H.L. Murre-van den Berg | Brill | 2016
Cultural Conversions: Unexpected Consequences of Christian Missionary Encounters in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia | ed. Heather Sharkey | Syracuse University Press | 2013
Mashriq & Mahjar | 2014
CHURCH, STATE, AND THE HOLY LAND: BRITISH PROTESTANT APPROACHES TO IMPERIAL POLICY IN PALESTINE, 1917–1948
Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History | 2011
Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations | 2010
Jerusalem Quarterly | 2010a
Al-Akhbar (Lebanon), review of States of Separation, October 2017
AHR, review of Colonialism and Christianity, December 2012
CRCL, review of Minorities and the Modern Arab World, June 2017
JPS, review of Colonialism and Christianity, April 2012
Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Modern World
2018 - 2019
On research leave