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James L. Gelvin is professor of modern Middle Eastern history at UCLA. He was graduated from Columbia University (A.B.), the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University (M.I.A.), and Harvard University (Ph.D.). He has taught at Boston College, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the American University in Beirut. A specialist in the modern social and cultural history of the Arab East, he is author of Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire (University of California Press, 1998), The Modern Middle East: A History (Oxford University Press, 2004, 2007, 2011), The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War (Cambridge University Press, 2005, 2007), along with numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes. His most recent book is The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2011.)