Steven L. Spiegel

Professor, Political Science

Department: Political Science
10389D Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (310) 825-0604

Keywords: Middle East, Politics

Steven L. Spiegel serves as Director of the Center for Middle East Development at UCLA. Through the innovative and informal negotiation techniques he has developed, Dr. Spiegel helps produce cutting edge ideas for promoting Middle East regional security and cooperation.

For this work, he received the Karpf Peace Prize in 1995, awarded to the UCLA professor considered to have done the most of any faculty member for the cause of world peace in the previous two years.

Professor of Political Science at UCLA, he studies American foreign policy in the Middle East. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1967, having joined the UCLA faculty the previous year. During this time he has written over 100 books, articles and papers. Professor Spiegel is co-author of The Peace Puzzle: America's Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace from 1989-2011, published in early 2013 by Cornell University Press. 

He is also the author of a major international relations textbook, World Politics in a New Era;  the sixth edition is currently being prepared for Oxford University Press.

Steven Spiegel is at work on a book on American-Israeli relations, is the editor-in-chief of the Routledge UCLA Center for Middle East Development series on Middle East security and cooperation, and authored The Other Arab-Israeli Conflict:  Making America's Middle East Policy, from Truman to Reagan, published by the University of Chicago press.  


Professor Spiegel is on sabbatical for the 2018-2019 academic year. He will not be teaching courses or holding office hours during this time. To schedule a meeting with him, please email Nirit Hinkis: hinkis[at]