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Juan R. I. Cole
Professor of History
1029 Tisch Hall
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003

Juan R. I. Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan and the director of the Arab and Muslim American Studies Program in the American Culture Department. Cole has devoted his career to understanding the Middle East and the Muslim world more generally, and to critically evaluating its relationship with the North Atlantic states. His most recent edited book is Peace Movements in Islam. He is the author of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam: A New Translation from the Persian. Among his other recent publications are Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires (Bold Type Books, 2018) and The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East (Simon & Schuster, 2014). He has translated works of Lebanese-American author Kahlil Gibran. He has appeared widely on media, including the PBS News Hour, ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, the Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360, Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes' All In, CNN, the Colbert Report, Democracy Now! and many others. He has written about Egypt, Iran, Iraq, the Gulf and South Asia and about both extremist groups and peace movements. He is proprietor of the Informed Comment news and analysis site. Cole conducts his research in Arabic, Persian and Urdu and Turkish as well as several European languages. He knows both Middle Eastern and South Asian Islam. He lived in various parts of the Muslim world for more than a decade, and continues to travel widely there. He has written, edited or translated 21 books and authored over 100 articles and chapters. A bibliography of his writings may be found here.


  • 1975   B.A. History and Literature of Religions, Northwestern University
  • 1978   M.A. Arabic Studies, American University in Cairo
  • 1984   Ph.D. Islamic Studies, University of California Los Angeles

    Professional History

  • 1984-1990   Assistant Professor of History, University of Michigan
  • 1990-1995   Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan
  • 1992-1995   Director, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Michigan
  • 1995-2007   Professor of History, University of Michigan
  • 2007-   Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History, University of Michigan
  • 2009-2012 Director, Center for South Asian Studies, University of Michigan
  • 2012-2017 Director, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Michigan
  • 2019-2020. Adjunct Professor, Center for Gulf Studies, Qatar University, Doha

    Scholastic Awards and Grants
    ; Distinguished Visiting Professor, Center for Gulf Studies, Qatar University, Spring 2018.
    ; Visiting Fellow, Doris Duke Institute of Islamic Art, Honolulu, December 2016.
    ; John W. Kluge Chair of Countries and Cultures of the South, Library of Congress, May-August 2016
    ; Farhat J. Ziadeh Lecture, U. of Washington, May 2014
    ; Richard Leopold Lecture, Dept. of History, Northwestern University,, Oct. 29, 2012
    ; Distinguished Visiting Professor, March 10-17, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
    ; Distinguished Visiting Professor, American University in Cairo, May 2010
    ; Green Visiting Chair, Texas Christian University, February 2009
    ; Collegiate Professorship, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, University of Michigan, 2007 -
    ; James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, Hunter College, 2005.
    ; Hudson Research Professorship, Winter, 2003
    ; Award for Research in Turkey, May, 1999, International Institute, U-M
    ; Research Excellence Award, College of LSA, U-M, August, 1997
    ; OVPR and LSA Faculty Assistance Fund Grants, June, 1995
    ; LSA Faculty Assistance Fund Grant, March 1994
    ; Rackham Research Partnership, 1992-93
    ; National Endowment for the Humanities, Jan.-June, 1991
    ; Office of the Vice-President for Research, U-M (Pakistan), Summer 1990
    ; Horace H. Rackham Faculty Grant, Egypt, Summer 1988
    ; SSRC/ACLS Post-Doctoral Award, England, Summer 1986
    ; Fulbright-Hays Islamic Civilization Postdoctoral Award, Egypt, 1985-86
    ; SSRC/ACLS Doctoral Fellowship, Pakistan, India, UK, 1981-83
    ; Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Fellowship, India, 1982

    At the University of Michigan, he teaches courses on the modern history of the Middle East and on South Asia. He regularly teaches History 241, America and Middle Eastern Wars. He also offers a survey, History 443 Modern Middle East History. For graduate students he offersr History 664 Studies on the Modern Middle East, History 749 Seminar on the Modern Middle East, and History 793 The Study of the Near East, and has co-taught History 615 Comparative World History.

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