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Michael Provence Michael Provence
Department of History
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive MC 0104
La Jolla , California , 92093-0104
(858) 534-3541

Curriculum Vitae

Michael Provence teaches Middle East history. He received the Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2001. During AY 2010-11 Provence was in residence as a Alexander von Humboldt fellow the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin, Germany. He is the current director of UCSD Middle East Programs.

His research focuses on the colonial and post-colonial Arab world, particularly popular insurgency and nationalism between the World Wars.

Provence's current project is a history of Arab East in the period of direct colonial rule between 1920 and 1950. The project views the period by understanding the rebellions in each of the new colonial states as part of a unified regional movement. The work explores both the shared Ottoman past of the region and the shared experience of colonial military occupation and martial law.



Instructional Materials for Middle Eastern History

Photo Essay on the Ottoman Train system   http://almashriq.hiof.no/syria/300/380/385/railways/ottoman_trains/

Photo Essay on Syria   http://almashriq.hiof.no/syria/900/910/919/damascus_hawran/

Documentary on the Emergence of the Modern Middle East   http://www.alternatefocus.org/trilogyprologue.html

Colonial rule, resistance, and nationalism in the Arab Ottoman successor states of Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, and Iraq. US policy in the post-Colonial Middle East.


  • HINE 119. US-Post WWII Middle East
  • HINE 186. Middle East Research Seminar
  • HINE 116. The Middle East in the Age of European Empires, 1798-1920
  • HINE 199. Research Topics in Middle East History
  • INTL 190. Senior Seminar in modern Middle East Studies

Provence with Professors Samir Seikaly and Philip Hitti, Shemlan Lebanon July 2006

Professor Provence with Professors Samir Seikaly and Philip Hitti, Shemlan Lebanon July 2006