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Citadel News Service
6 Sep 2006

Middle East, military history experts join History Department

A noted scholar on military and legal history and an expert on the history of the Middle East have joined the faculty of The Citadel’s History Department.

Peter Karsten has joined the faculty as the Mark W. Clark Distinguished Visiting Professor of History, while Christopher Wright has been named an assistant professor of history.

Karsten comes to The Citadel from the University of Pittsburgh where he holds a joint appointment in the history and sociology departments. He earned his B.A. from Yale University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. A former Fulbright Research Fellow, he is the author of eight books including “Soldiers and Society: The Effect of Military Service and War on American Life” and “Between Law and Custom."  As the Mark Clark Professor, Karsten will teach courses, present public lectures, and conduct faculty seminars in modern legal and military history.

Wright is a specialist in the history of the Middle East. He received his B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and spent a year of doctoral work at Indiana University's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. He received his Ph.D. in Middle East History from the University of California Santa Barbara. At The Citadel, he will teach a range of courses on the Middle East and the Islamic World as well as more specialized courses on the Crusades, History of Muslim-Christian relations, the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, and Anti-American Sentiment and Terrorism in the Middle East. In addition he teaches general survey courses in Western Civilization and World Civilization.

“We are very fortunate to have such a prominent senior scholar and such a promising junior one join our ranks,” said Bo Moore, chairman of the Department of History. “Pete and Chris give The Citadel the ability to expand its course offerings into areas that are of particular interest, and importance, to our students in the early 21st century.”

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