Paul Thomas Chamberlin

  • Associate Professor
  • History
1751 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:

Paul Chamberlin received his PhD from The Ohio State University after studying at the American University of Cairo and the University of Damascus and has held fellowships at Yale University and Williams College. His dissertation won the 2010 Oxford University Press prize for the best dissertation in international history.


His first book, The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order (Oxford, 2012), is an international history of the Palestinian liberation struggle. It examines the PLO's creation of a broad network of support among naitonal liberation movements throughout the Third World and the implications of this support for U.S. foreign policy and the larger Arab-Israeli conflict.

His next book, The Cold War's Killing Fields: The Human Tragedy of the Superpower Struggle (HarperCollins), is a global history of the bloodiest encounters of the Cold War.


Selected Prizes and Fellowships

  • 2010 Oxford University Press International History Prize
  • 2009-10 Fellow in American Foreign Policy at Williams College
  • 2008-09 Fellow in International Security Studies at Yale University
  • 2004-07 Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship, Middle East Studies Center, Ohio State University

Selected Publications

  •     The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012)
  •     “Rethinking the Middle East in the Cold War,” Roundtable Essay, International Journal of Middle East Studies (May 2011)
  •     “Schoenau and the Eagles of the Palestinian Revolution: Refugees, Guerillas, and Human Rights in the Global 1970s,” Cold War History (Jan. 2013)
  •     “The Struggle Against Oppression Everywhere: The Global Politics of Palestinian Liberation” Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 47, No. 1 (Jan. 2011)
  •     “A World Restored: Counterrevolution, Religious Fundamentalism, and the Search for Order in the Middle East,” Diplomatic History, Vol. 32, No. 3 (June 2008) 441-469

Editorial Activities

Co-editor of the book series "Cambridge Studies in U.S. Foreign Relations," with Cambridge University Press

Member, Editorial Board, Diplomatic History (peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations), 2015-17


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