Aaron Berman

Professor Emeritus of History

Aaron Berman, professor emeritus of history, received his B.A. from Hampshire College, and M.A. and Ph.D. in United States history from Columbia University.

He is particularly interested in the history of Jewish and Arab nationalisms, as well as twentieth century United States political and intellectual history. His publications include Nazism, the Jews and American Zionism, as well as articles on the Holocaust and Zionism. His current project looks at the American encounter with Arab nationalism.

Recent and Upcoming Courses

  • The content of this course deals with issues of race and power In this class we will study the history and relationship of Zionism and Palestinian nationalism. We will examine the origins of both movements and the history of their conflict. Significant attention be given to the conflict over Palestine which culminated in the Nakba and the establishment of Israel in 1948, as well as the decades of war, protest and occupation which followed. We will learn about histories of nationalism, ethno-nationalism, colonialism and ethnic cleansing. We will read primary and secondary sources from many perspectives Keywords:Palestine, Israel, Zionism, nationalism