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EIU Online Master of Arts in History

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Prof. Brian Mann, Department Advisor, Instructor

Office: 3721 - Coleman Hall

I am a historian of the modern Middle East with a specialization in 19th/20th century Iran. I teach undergraduate and honors courses on Middle Eastern history, Islamic history, and world history, as well as upper-level courses on modern Iran, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, and British imperialism.  I also often teach students Persian as an independent study. My main research interests are nationalism, social movements, and imperialism, as they relate to modern Iran and the Middle East in general, and I am particularly interested in the region of Khuzistan (Iran's southwestern and oil-rich province which sits along the border with Iraq on the Persian Gulf). I am the department's undergraduate advisor.

Frequently Taught Courses

HIS 1526G/1596G: World History: The Twentieth-Century World
HIS 2020: U.S. since 1877
HIS 3200: Islamic History
HIS 3210: History of the Modern Middle East
HIS 3555: Modern World
HIS 3600: U.S. Constitution and the Nation
HIS 4775
: Special Topics: The British Empire & the Islamic World
HIS 4781: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
HIS 4782: Modern Iran 
HIS 4785: Crusade & Jihad: Religious Violence in the Islamo-Christian Tradition 
HIS 47701/59901: Independent Study: Persian Language
HIS 57001: Seminar in Nationalism and National Identity
HIS 57002: Seminar in the Islamic World & the West


Professional Organizations

Middle East Studies Association
International Society for Iranian Studies


Modern Middle East, 19th- & 20th-century Iran, Khuzistan, nationalism, tribal & ethnic groups, imperialism, urbanization, labor, social movements

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History Department
Eastern Illinois University

600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-3310

Lee Patterson, Graduate Coordinator

2572 - Coleman Hall

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