Dr Roberto Mazza



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Dr Roberto Mazza
Assistant Professor

History of the Late Ottoman Empire

and the Modern Middle East
Western Illinois University

Department of History
Research Associate

SOAS, University of London
107 Chandler Blvd

Macomb, IL 61455



robbymazza@gmail.com

rm20@soas.ac.uk

R-Mazza@wiu.edu

Cell: 309-826-8641



PROFESSIONAL ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE:
Assistant Professor 2009 to the present

WIU (Western Illinois University), Assistant Professor in the History of the late Ottoman Empire and Modern Middle East

Courses taught:

“The Middle East” a survey course from the Rise of Islam to the 20th century, also taught as an on-line course

“The Modern Middle East” upper level course on the making of the modern Middle East

“The Modern Middle East and the Arab-Israeli Conflict” upper level course contextualising the Arab-Israeli conflict in the larger region

“The First World in the Middle East” upper level and graduate course on the First World War in the Middle East based on primary sources

“The Arab-Israeli Conflict” postgraduate course based on primary sources

“The End of the Ottoman Empire and its Legacy” postgraduate course based on primary sources and historiography

“Cities and Societies of the Middle East” postgraduate course based on the study of urban history, primary sources and historiography

Teaching Fellow 2008/09

SOAS, Lecturer, “The First World in the Middle East and Jerusalem” (Advanced Course)

SOAS, Teaching Assistant, “The Making of the Modern Middle East”

Temporary Lecturer, 2007/08

SOAS, Lecturer, “The First World in the Middle East and Jerusalem” (Advanced Course)

SOAS, Teaching Assistant, “Introduction to the History of the Near and Middle East”

SOAS, Teaching Assistant, “The Making of the Modern Middle East”

Course Instructor, 2006/07

SOAS, “Approaches to History – Jerusalem in the Transition from Ottoman to British Rule” (Course for first year students)

Teaching Assistant, 2006/07

SOAS, “The Making of the Modern Middle East”

SOAS, “Introduction to the History of the Near and Middle East” (Course for first year students)

Teaching Assistant, 2005/06

SOAS, “The Making of the Modern Middle East”


ACADEMIC PREPARATION:
PhD, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of

London, History Department, November 2007

Dissertation: “Jerusalem During the First World War: Transition from Ottoman to British Rule.”

MA Government and Politics of the Middle East, SOAS, University of London, 2003

MA in International Relations, Bologna University, 2002

Laurea Degree (BA) in Political Science, Bologna University, 2001.



LANGUAGES:

Italian mother tongue

English fluent

Read in French and Spanish

Hebrew level Aleph-Bet

Basic knowledge of Arabic

Basic knowledge of Turkish
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:

The National Archives, Public Record Office, London

National Archives and Records Administration, Washington

Lambeth Palace, Anglican Archives, London

Israel State Archives, Jerusalem

Central Zionist Archives, Jerusalem

Spanish Foreign Office Archives, Madrid

Italian Foreign Office Archives, Rome

Vatican Secret Archive, Vatican City

French Foreign Office Archives, Nantes

Latin Patriarchate, Jerusalem

Custody of the Holy Land, Jerusalem

Ottoman Archives, Istanbul
PUBLICATIONS
Books:

Jerusalem in World War One: the Palestine Diary of a European Diplomat, (I.B.Tauris: London, 2011)
Jerusalem: from the Ottomans to the British, (I.B.Tauris: London, 2009) - paperback edition 2013
Articles:
“A Honest Broker? The American Consul in Jerusalem, Otis. AGlazebrook 1914-1920” submitted for publication to The Historical Journal
“Missing Voices in Late Ottoman and Early British Jerusalem” Jerusalem Quarterly 53, (Spring 2013), p. 61-71.
“For God and La Patrie: Antonin Jaussen Dominican and French Agent in the Middle East 1914-1920”, First World War Studies 3, No. 2 (October 2012), p. 145-164.
“Dining Out in Times of War: Jerusalem 1914-1918”, The Jerusalem Quarterly 41 (Spring 2010), p. 52-58.
“Antonio de la Cierva y Lewita: the Spanish Consul in Jerusalem 1914-1919”, The Jerusalem Quarterly 40, (Winter 2010), p. 36-44.
“Churches at War: The Impact of the First World War on the Christian Institutions of Jerusalem 1914-20”, Middle Eastern Studies 45, No. 2 (March 2009), p. 207-227
“Le Chiese Cristiane di Gerusalemme nella Guerra Mondiale 1914-1920” (Italian) Contemporanea 4 (October 2008), p. 613-638

Chapters:
“A Diplomat in the Holy City: the Spanish Consul and World War One in Jerusalem” in Palestine and World War I: Grand Strategy, Military Tactics and Culture of War (forthcoming 2014: IB Tauris)
“Transforming the Holy City: from Communal Clashes to Urban Violence, the Nebi Musa Riots in 1920” in Rethinking Urban Violence in Middle Eastern Cities: From Empire to Nation States (forthcoming 2014: Berghahn )

Book Reviews:


  1. Shapira, Israel: a History, in BBC History Magazine

Eve. M. Troutt Powell, Tell This in My Memory, in DOMES


M. Keren & S. Keren, We Are Coming, Unafraid: The Jewish Legion and the Promised Land in the First World War, in Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, Vol. 12, No. 3 (December 2013), p.
Jacob Norris, Land of Progress. Palestine in the Age of Colonial Development 1905-1948, in Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 49, No. 6, (December 2013), p. 1018-1021.
A. Jacobson, From Empire to Empire: Jerusalem Between Ottoman and

British Rule, in Insight Turkey, Vol. 15, No. 1, (January 2013), p. 183
C. Emrence, Remapping the Ottoman Middle East, in Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 48, No. 4, (July 2012), p. 677-679
R. Miller ed., Britain, Palestine and Empire: The Mandate Years, in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Vol. 32, No. 2, (2012), p. 450-451
E. Tzfadia and H. Yacobi, Rethinking Israeli Space: Periphery and Identity, in Int. J. Middle East Stud. 44 (2012), p. 374-376
A. Cohen, Studies on Ottoman Palestine, in Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 48, No. 2, (March 2012), p. 313-315
I. Khuri-Makdisi, The Eastern Mediterranean and the Making of Global Radicalism 1860-1914, in Journal of World History 22, No. 4, (December 2011), p. 883-886
V. Lemire, La Soif de Jérusalem: Essai d’Hydrohistoire (1840-1948), in The Jerusalem Quarterly 46, (Summer 2011) p. 68-70
M. Campos, Ottoman Brothers: Muslims, Christians and Jews in Early Twentieth-Century Palestine, in The Middle East in London, Vol. 7, No. 8, (April-May 2011) p. 22
A. Safieh, The Peace Process: From Breakthrough to Breakdown, in DOMES 20, No. 1, (Spring 2011) p. 142-144
M. Ma’oz ed., Muslims Attitudes to Jews and Israel, in DOMES 20, No. 1, (Spring 2011) p.132-35
M. Abu-Nimer, A.I. Khoury and E. Welty eds., Unity in Diversity: Interfaith Dialogue in the Middle East, in Peace and Change 36, No. 4, (2011) p. 600-603
P. Satia, Spies in Arabia, in Insight Turkey 13, No. 1, (Jan-March 2011) p. 220-222
K. Katz ed., A Young Palestinian’s Diary, 1941-1945: The Life of Sami ‘Amr, in Review of Middle East Studies, Vol. 45, No. 2, (Winter 2011) p. 253-254.
D. Lynch, A Divided Paradise, in DOMES 19, No. 2, (Fall 2010) p. 319-321
P. Sluglett, The Urban Social History of the Middle East, in Int. J. Middle East Stud. 42, No. 2, (2010) p. 332-334
J.M. Hammond, Battle in Iraq, in The Middle East in London, Vol. 6, No. 8, (March 2010) p. 17
G. Lewis, Balfour & Weizmann, in The Middle East in London, Vol. 6, No. 4, (October 2009) p. 13
E. Molinaro, The Holy Places of Jerusalem in Middle East Peace Process, in Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 45, No. 5, (September 2009) p. 850-851
M. Aksakal, The Ottoman Road to War in 1914, in Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 45, No. 4, (July 2009) p. 681-683
J. Renton, The Zionist Masquerade, in Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, Issue 9.1, 2009
T. Mayer and S. Ali Mourad eds., Jerusalem Idea and Reality, in Bulletin of SOAS, Vol. 72, No. 1 (2009) p. 171-173
H. Ozdemir, The Ottoman Army 1914-1918, Disease and Death on the Battlefield, in Bulletin of SOAS, Vol. 72, No. 1 (2009) p. 168-169
PAPERS PRESENTED
To Unlock the Holy City: Questions, Themes and Sources to Rediscover the Late Ottoman and Early British Jerusalem” CRFJ Jerusalem (2013)
Remember Remember: the Changing Memory of World War One in Palestine” SOAS (2013)
Jerusalem a City in Transition: from the Ottomans to the British 1910-1920.” Kenyon Institute Jerusalem (2010) and Northern Illinois University (2010)
Renegotiating Identity: The Nebi Musa Riots in Jerusalem, April 1920.” University of Chicago (2010)
For God and la Patrie: Antonin Jaussen Dominican and French Agent in the Middle East 1914-1919.” Western Illinois University (2009)
The British Conquest of Jerusalem: 9 December 1917.” SOAS (2008)
The Nebi Musa Riots: Jerusalem 4-7 April 1920.” SOAS (2007), London School of Economics (2007)
Dining out in the Holy City: the Spanish Consul in Jerusalem 1914-1920.” SOAS (2008), Illinois State University (2009)
CONFERENCES
The British International History Group, Bristol (UK), “The British Conquest of Jerusalem 1917-1918”, September 2013.
Middle East Studies Center (Portland State University), Minorities of the Modern Middle East, “Between Rome and Jerusalem: Catholics in Palestine 1850-1930”, April 2013.
MESA, Denver CO, “Once Upon a War: Memories of World War One in Palestine”, November 2012.
The Greater War: Imperial Mobilization, Demobilization, and Unrest in the Era of the First World War, UCD Dublin, “Jerusalem: from the Ottoman to the British”, May 2012.
ZMO, Berlin, Workshop on Urban Violence in the Middle East (follow up of MESA), “Transforming the Holy City: From Communal Clashes to Urban Violence 1920”, December 2011.
MESA, Washington DC, “Transforming the Holy City: From Communal Clashes to Urban Violence 1920”, December 2011.

Food and Drink Histories Conference, Preston (UK), “Food, Games and Leisure: the Spanish Consul in Jerusalem 1914-1920”, June 2011.

Urban Conflicts Conference, Belfast, “Urban Violence in the Holy City: A Test of National Struggle, the Nebi Musa Riots in 1920”, May 2011.

MEHAT, University of Chicago, “For God and la Patrie: Antonin Jaussen, Dominican and French Agent”, May 2011.

Symposium: Christians and the Middle East Conflict, Langley (British Columbia), “Challenges and Responses of Christianity in the Holy Land: 1914-1920”, March 2011.

MESA, San Diego, Organiser of the Panel: “A Land in Transition: Palestine and Jerusalem from Ottoman to British Rule 1900-1948” – Paper “Adapting and changing: the renegotiation of alliances in post-Ottoman Jerusalem - Christian-Muslim Associations and Nebi Musa Riots 1920”, November 2010.

WOCMES III, Barcelona, “Tradition and Modernity: The Custody of the Holy Land”, July 2010


British Academy, Rethinking the Middle East? Values, Interests, and Security Concerns in Western Policies toward Iraq and the Wider Region, 1918-2010, “Antonin Jaussen Dominican and French Agent in the Middle East 1914-1919”, March 2010
Second Workshop Christian in the Middle East, St Andrews Scotland, “For God and la Patrie: Antonin Jaussen Dominican and French Agent in the Middle East 1914-1919”, February 2010
Workshop on Violence, Trauma, and Displacement in the Middle East and Eurasia, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “The Effects of the First World War upon the Identities of Jerusalem”, January 2010
Second Annual California State University Middle East and Islamic Studies Conference, San Francisco, “The Christian institutions of Jerusalem and Palestine from the late 19th century to the early 1920s”, October 2009
BRISMES, London, “Archival Research in the Middle East: Practical and Ethical Issues”, September 2008
MESA, Montreal, Roundtable “Re-thinking Nationalism and Inter-Communal Relations in Late Ottoman Palestine”, November 2007
Tel-Hai Academic College (Israel), Palestine and the First World War – a New Perspective, “The Spanish Consul in Jerusalem 1914-1920 a new perspective on Jerusalem in the First World War”, September 2007
BRISMES, Oxford, “A New Source in History: The Spanish Consul in Jerusalem 1914-1920”, July 2007


GRANTS-PRIZES RECEIVED AND AFFILIATIONS:
Western Illinois University, Provost Travel Grant 2011

Western Illinois University Research Grant 2009/10

Western Illinois University, Provost Travel Grant 2009

SOAS Director’s Teaching Prize 2008, runner up

Council of British Research in the Levantine (CBRL), Travel Grant, awarded 2004

Senate House, University of London, Travel Grant, awarded 2004

Italian Foreign Office, Turkish language course, Istanbul, awarded summer 2004
Websites Reviews Chair

DOMES (Digest of Middle East Studies)
Member of:

AHA, American Historical Association

MESA, Middle East Studies Association

CBRL, Centre for British Research in the Levantine

BRISMES, British Society for Middle Eastern Studies

LMEI, London Middle East Institute

PARC, Palestinian American Research Center

NON-ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE:
2011 Freelance journalist for www.7per24.it (Middle East expert)

2009 Basketball Referee, IHSA (Illinois High School Association)

1992-2009 Basketball Referee, officiating at National level both England Basketball and the Professional BBL (British Basketball League).

2002-2005 Assistant Manager, SOAS Union Shop.

1992-1995 Sport journalist for local newspapers and radio.
REFEREES:
Dr. Nelida Fuccaro

Reader in the History of the Modern Middle East

SOAS, Department of History

nf2@soas.ac.uk

020 7898 4618


Dr. Lee Brice

Professor in the History of the Ancient World

WIU, Department of History



ll-brice@wiu.edu

+1 309 298 2982

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