After teaching briefly at Harvard and Yale, Michael Oren came to SFS and the Program for Jewish Civilization (PJC) interested in finding out whether what he had always heard about Georgetown was true. “Before coming to teach here, I’d worked with SFS faculty and alumni in other capacities, but I’d never actually been to Georgetown. The School’s reputation for preparing students for careers in the diplomatic corps and the international foreign policy community is truly unmatched.”
In his first semester on campus, Oren taught two courses—an undergraduate lecture on America in the Middle East (the topic of his most recent book) and a seminar for graduate students on the military history of the Middle East. “I can say without hesitation that the final papers my students turned in at the end of this, my first semester, are the best I’ve ever received,” he said. Oren will teach the same classes again in spring 2009, due to overwhelming student demand. He is currently working on a new course on the history of Zionist diplomacy, which he will teach next year, as well as on his new book—a comprehensive history of the creation of Israel, which Oren expects “to take five years and seven hundred pages to complete.” He is proud to be a part of PJC’s program of scholarship and teaching on Israel, which he believes is the strongest in the country.
Michael Oren is a Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center, a Jerusalem-based think tank. He has written extensively for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and is a contributing editor at the New Republic. A graduate of Columbia and Princeton, Oren has testified before Congress and briefed the White House on Middle Eastern affairs. His first book, Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East, was published in 2002 by Oxford University Press and was a New York Times bestseller, the Los Angeles Times’ History Book of the Year, and a recipient of the National Jewish Book Award. His most recent book is Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present.