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Osamah F. Khalil

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102 Maxwell Hall

Office Hours:

Fall 2021
Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Osamah F. Khalil

Professor, History Department


  • 2024 Spring
    • HST 645 History of International Relations
    • HST 388 Vietnam: Movies, Memoirs and the Shaping of Public Memory

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Department of History, University of California, Berkeley, 2011


Osamah Khalil is a historian of U.S. foreign relations and the modern Middle East. He is the author of "America’s Dream Palace: Middle East Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State" (Harvard University Press, 2016), which examines the influence of U.S. foreign policy on the origins and expansion of Middle East studies and expertise from World War I to the Global War on Terror. It was reviewed widely, including in the London Review of Books, Al Ahram, Publishers Weekly, the CIA’s Studies in Intelligence, Commonweal, and was named by Foreign Affairs as a Best Book of 2017.

He has also been a frequent media commentator and contributor, including for the Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Al Akhbar, and Al Jazeera. He teaches courses on the history of U.S. foreign relations, the Cold War, the history of international relations, America and the Middle East, and the Vietnam War and popular culture. In 2018, he received the Chancellor’s Citation for Faculty Excellence and Scholarly Distinction.

Areas of Expertise

U.S. foreign relations, modern Middle East, Cold War, Arab-Israeli conflict

Selected Publications

Presentations and Events

Maxwell School, "What’s at Stake in Ukraine?" (February 28, 2022)

Maxwell School Webinar, "U.S. Foreign Policy & COVID-19" (June, 2020)

Moynihan Institute Webinar, "Challenges to Citizenship in the Middle East and Beyond: Inclusion, Exclusion & Negation" (April 30, 2020)

Maxwell-in Washington/CSIS, "“Learning from the Past to Inform the Future of US-Iran Relations: On the 40th Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution and Hostage Crisis, What Lies Ahead?" (November, 2019)

Maghreb Studies Association Conference, "Cold War Twilight: Ronald Reagan, the Soviet Union, and the Middle East in the American Imagination" (September, 2019)

"Challenging Authoritarianism Symposium" (April 12, 2019)