Department of History

West Chester University

404 Wayne Hall
Phone: 610-436-2201
Fax: 610-436-3069


Lawrence Davidson

Lawrence Davidson

Professor of History

Office Location: 502 Main Hall
Phone: 610-436-2997
Email: ldavidson@wcupa.edu

Teaching Interests:

Middle East History; History of Science; and Modern European Intellectual History

Current Research:

Lawrence Davidson is currently working on the third edition of his book Islamic Fundamentalism and writes weekly for his weblog, www.tothepointanalyses.com

Brief Biography:

Lawrence Davidson is professor of history at West Chester University where he has taught since 1986. He received his BA from Rutgers University, an MA from Georgetown University and his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in Canada. He is the author of America's Palestine: Popular and Official Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli Statehood (University Press of Florida, 2001), Islamic Fundamentalism (Greenwood Press, 2003), Foreign Policy, Inc.: Privatizing American National Interest (University of Kentucky Press, 2009), co-author with Arthur Goldschmidt of the Concise History of the Middle East, 9th and 10th editions (Westview Press, 2009 and 2012) and, most recently, Cultural Genocide (Rutgers University Press, 2012). He has also written numerous articles on US perceptions of and policies toward the Middle East. Over the last twenty years Professor Davidson has taken on the role of public intellectual and has sought to heighten public awareness of the nature and consequences of US policies in the Middle East.