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Le Vine, Mark

Visiting Fellows in Humanities

Research field

Human rights in the Arab world; histories, theologies and political and cultural economies of the Middle East and Islam in the modern and contemporary periods; Palestine/Israel; cultural production; revolution and resistance in the Middle East and Africa; art and conflict in West Africa (especially Ghana and Nigeria, but also Senegal, Mali and Kenya); comparative studies of imperialism and colonialism, critical theory and globalization studies with a comparative focus on popular cultures and religion in Europe and the Muslim world; peace and conflict studies; and comparative nationalisms.


Mark Le Vine is Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at University of California, Irvine since 2001. He received his Ph.D. at NYU in 1999, hold a post-doc position at Cornell University before joining UCI. Over the years he has been affiliated to a number of research institutions as the nternational Center for Advanced Studies at NYU, the Stuttgart Seminar in Cultural Studies, the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, and the EUI in Florence. He is currently Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University where directs several research projects, including the largest research project ever on human rights in the Arab world, "Research, Advocacy and Public Policy in the Arab World," co-sponsored with the Issam Fares Institute of the American University of Beirut. His research and teaching are characterized by extreme interdisciplinarity and eclecticism.

Among his main publications: Overthrowing Geography: Jaffa, Tel Aviv and the Struggle for Palestine (2005); Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance and the Soul of Islam( (2008), Religion, Social Practices and Contested Hegemonies: Reconstructing the Public Sphere in Muslim Majority Societies (with Armando Salvatore, 2005); Reapproaching the Border: New Perspectives on the Study of Israel/Palestine (with Sandy Sufian, 2007); Struggle and Survival in Palestine/Israel (with Gershon Shafir, 2012). His last Islam and Popular Culture, co-edited with Martin Stoke and Karin van Nieuwkerk, is in press with the UTexas Press. He is a senior columnist at al-Jazeera English and a regular contributor to al-Jazeera America; he also writes for Jadaliyya, Le Monde, The Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, and TIKKUN.

From: Mar 01, 2018 To: Apr 30, 2018

Structure Department of History (Full Professor)

University of California

Irvine,  USA