Arthur E. Goldschmidt Jr.





A.B.    Economics (magna cum laude)           Colby College                                June 1959

A.M.    Middle East Studies                           Harvard University                        June 1961

Ph.D.   History and Middle East Studies       Harvard University                        June 1968

Center for Arabic Study Abroad III              American University in Cairo   summer 1995


Academic Positions:


Pennsylvania State University, Department of History:

Assistant Professor, 1965–1973; Associate Professor, 1973–1989; Professor of Middle East History, 1989­–2000; Professor Emeritus, 2000–

Visiting Associate Professor of Middle East History, Haifa University, 1973­–1974

Academic Dean, New Jersey Scholars Program, Lawrenceville School, summer 1985

Visiting Lecturer in History and Political Science, Semester at Sea, fall 1987, fall 2001


Grants and Fellowships:


Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Fellow, 1959–1960

National Defense Foreign Language Fellow in Arabic, 1960–1965

Fulbright Student Travel Grant to the United Arab Republic, 1962–1964

Research Initiation Grants, College of the Liberal Arts, 1967­–1969

American Research Center in Egypt Research Fellowship, 1969

Social Science Research Council Grant in Middle East Studies, 1969

Fulbright Faculty Research Fellowship, Cairo University (Egypt), 1981–1982

National Endowment for the Humanities Travel to Collections Grant, 1989

Research Fellowship, Durham University Society of Fellows, 1989

Research Fellowship, Hatfield College, Durham University, 1990

American Research Center in Egypt Research Fellowship, 1998




Colby College prizes in German, general scholarship, 1956, and public speaking, 1958

Admitted to Delta Phi Alpha, 1956, and to Maine Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, 1959

Penn State Class of 1933 Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Humanities, 1972

Penn State College of the Liberal Arts Academic Advising Award, 1976

AMOCO Foundation Teaching Award, 1981

Honorable Mention, CASE “Professor of the Year” Contest, 1981

Arthur J. Warnock Award for Contributions to Penn State’s Greek System, 1993

Special Citation from Pennsylvania Lambda Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, 2000

Middle East Studies Association Mentoring Award, 2000

Distinguished Teaching Award, Community Academy of Lifelong Learning, 2003

Order of Atlantis from Delta Tau Delta, Eastern Division, 2007




“The Egyptian Nationalist Party, 1892–1919” in Political and Social Change in Modern Egypt, edited by P.M. Holt (Oxford University Press, 1968)

“The Leader Muhammad Farid as Viewed by a Foreign Historian” (in Arabic), al-Musawwar, 14 November 1969

“Historical Perspectives,” in The Middle East: Its Government and Politics, edited by Abid A. Al-Marayati and others (Duxbury Press, 1972)

A Concise History of the Middle East (Westview Press, 1979, 1983, 1988, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2006 with Lawrence Davidson; AUC Press, 1983, 2004)

“Egyptian National Party from Spotlight to Shadow,” Asian & African Studies 16 (1982)

“The 1906 Taba Affair,” al-Abhath 35 (1986)

Modern Egypt: The Formation of a Nation-State (Westview Press, 1988, 2004)

Memoirs and Diaries of Muhammad Farid, an Egyptian Nationalist Leader (1868–1919) (Edwin Mellen Press, 1992)

Historical Dictionary of Egypt, 2nd ed. (Scarecrow Press, 1994); 3rd ed. with Robert Johnston (Scarecrow Press, 2003; AUC Press, 2004)

71 entries in Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East (Macmillan, 1996, 2004)

“Van Dyck, Cornelius” in American National Biography (1999)

Biographical Dictionary of Modern Egypt (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2000)

Entries for Encarta Encyclopedia, Encyclopaedia Britannica (2000–07), Literature of Travel and Exploration (2003), and Encyclopedia of African History (2005)

History chapter in Understanding the Contemporary Middle East, edited by Deborah Gerner (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2000, revised 2003, revised 2008)

Egypt’s 1952 Revolution” and “The United Arab Republic” in History in Dispute.

Editor and contributor, Re-Envisioning Egypt, 1919–1952 (AUC Press, 2005)

Brief History of Egypt (Facts on File, 2008)

Series editor, Creation of the Modern Middle East Series (Chelsea House, 2008)


Courses Taught


Middle East survey, early Arabic civilization, Ottoman Empire, Contemporary Middle East; undergraduate seminars on Egypt, U.S. Middle East policy, Gulf War, Nationalism and Islamism; graduate seminars on Middle Eastern nationalism, Byzantine and Islamic art and history, Egypt, Arab-Israeli conflict; modern Europe, European economic and social history, non-Western civilizations, modern world history; Africa; elementary and intermediate Arabic; freshman seminar: Penn State history; undergraduate internship.


Talks Given and Papers Read


American Oriental Society, American Research Center in Egypt, Middle East Studies Association, Gannon College, Cornell College (Iowa), Colby College, Marshall Uni-versity, Ohio State University, Austin College, University of Pennsylvania, Penn State­­–Beaver, Dubois, Altoona, York, Schuylkill, Hazleton, Berks and Fayette Campuses, University of Northern Colorado, East Stroudsburg State College, King’s College, St. Francis of Loretto College, National Cryptographic Institute, Texas A & M, Northfield Mount Hermon School, U.S. Air Force Academy, various Torch Clubs; taught in Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, State College (2000– ), Penn State Elderhostel courses on Middle East since 1980; Chautauqua Institution’s Special Studies (2004–07).