Blogger of the Week: Dr Ben White

Lecturer in Modern History, Department of History at the University of Birmingham

Ben White is a historian of the modern Middle East, specializing in the period between the wars when much of the region was under French or British mandate—but still heavily influenced by its recent Ottoman past.

He took an undergraduate degree in Arabic at the University of Edinburgh, then moved to St Antony’s College, Oxford, for an MSt in Modern Middle Eastern Studies and a DPhil in Modern History. While working on his DPhil he lived in Syria and France; he also interrupted it to spend the academic year 2005-06 back in Edinburgh, lecturing in modern Middle Eastern history. He returned to Edinburgh after completing his doctorate as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World, then spent 15 months in Princeton as a postdoctoral research associate in the Near Eastern Studies department. He started work at Birmingham in January 2011.

Ben will be posting each day for a week, starting on Monday 7 October.

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