Peter C. Valenti

Peter Valenti

Clinical Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies

Ph.D., New York University, History and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies

M.A., University of Arizona, Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies

B.A., Rutgers Unviersity, English, History, Middle Eastern Studies

Areas of Interest: Modern Middle Eastern history; 19th century European political & intellectual history

Course(s) Taught: Global Cultures-Middle Eastern Cultures; Junior Independent Research Seminar; Social Foundations I, II, III; Sophomore Approaches


Student Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching (Jose Vazquez Award), Liberal Studies, NYU 2012

Humanities Initiative Graduate Student Research Fellowship, NYU 2009-10

Multi-Country Research Fellowship, Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) 2008-09

Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), Research Abroad 2007-08

AATT-ARIT Princeton University Turkish at Bogaziçi University Fellowship 2006

Teaching Statement: While I certainly have a great deal of personal interest in the Middle East, it is both impossible and unwise to study this region in isolation from the rest of the world. Thus my classes are designed to explore and reveal the many interlocking relationships between multiple regions in the world, especially in the modern period. Regardless of the content of any particular class, perhaps an even more important goal is for students to leave my classes with stronger analytical skills. In this regard I intend for students to critically assess a wide variety of thinkers, ideologies, literatures and historical processes. Doing so requires intense focus on texts and their historical contexts, how they were constructed, their intended audiences, as well as language and style choices. These types of analytical skills transcend any given topic and field and will prove useful well beyond my classes and college itself.


Book Chapters
  • "In the Shadows of Prison: Sayyid Qutb’s Visions of a Perfect World.” Great Books Written in Prison: Essays on Classic Works from Plato to Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Mcfarland & Co., 2015.
  • “Chapter 4: The Roaring Twenties (1920-1929).” Multicultural America Series: A Social and Cultural History. Vol. 2: Arab-Americans. Sharpe Reference (pending).
  • “Chapter 5: The Great Depression (1929-1939).” Multicultural America Series: A Social and Cultural History. Vol. 2: Arab-Americans. Sharpe Reference (pending).
  • Creating a New Historiography of the Persian Gulf: The Case of Qatar.” New Middle Eastern Studies Vol. 1 (2011). Posted June 15, 2011.
  • “Artistic Patronage under Mehmed II.” World History Encyclopedia. Ed. Alfred J. Andrea and Carolyn Neel. Vol. 9: Era 5: Intensified Hemispheric Interactions, 1000-1500. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2011. 218-20.
  • “Hormuz Hustle: The English-Persian Alliance Ousts the Portuguese, 1622.” World History Encyclopedia. Ed. Alfred J. Andrea and Carolyn Neel. Vol. 13: Era 6: The First Global Age, 1450-1770. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2011. 741-43.
  • “Bahrain.” Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World: 1750 to the Present. Ed. Peter N. Stearns. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • "Beyond the Saudi 'Enigma,'" in Arab Studies Journal, Vol. XII, No. 2/Vol.XIII, No. 1 (Fall 2004/Spring 2005): 232-37.
Book Reviews
  • Rev. of Britain and the Yemen Civil War, 1962-1965: Ministers, Mercenaries and Mandarins: Foreign Policy and the Limits of Covert Action by Clive Jones. International Journal of Middle East Studies Vol. 40, No. 1 (February 2008): 147-49.
  • Rev. of Mubarak al-Sabah: Founder of Modern Kuwait 1896-1915 by B.J. Slot. Arab Studies Journal Vol. XV, No. 1 (Spring 2007): 133-37.
  • Rev. of Ibn Sa’oud of Arabia by Ameen Rihani. Arab Studies Journal Vol. XIII, No. 2/Vol. XIV, No. 1 (Fall 2005/Spring 2006): 198-202.
  • Rev. of From Arab Nationalism to OPEC: Eisenhower, King Sa‘ud, and the Making of U.S.-Saudi Relations by Nathan J. Citino. Arab Studies Journal Vol. XII, No. 2/Vol.XIII, No. 1 (Fall 2004/Spring 2005): 201-04.
Select Articles in Popular Media
  • “The New Shape of Kuwait’s Elections.” Washington Report on Middle East Affairs Vol. XXV, No. 6 (August 2006): 40-41.
  • “Al-Jazeera in the Crosshairs: The Arab Media Scrutinize the Bush-Blair Memo.” Washington Report on Middle East Affairs Vol. XXV, No. 1 (Jan/Feb 2006): 30-31.
  • “Arab World Mourns a Multicultural Hero.” San Francisco Chronicle 24 November 2005, Entertainment Section: E-2.
  • Middle East: Arabs Bid Fond Farewell to Pope John Paul II and Look to the Future.Beliefnet. (posted April 12, 2005).
  • The Tsunami Makes Waves in the Arab Press.Beliefnet. (posted January 7, 2005).
  • “Stakes Are High for Bush: Arab Press Calls Vote a Test of U.S. Vision.” San Francisco Chronicle 30 January 2005, Insight Section: B-1.
  • “Saddam in Court: Act V, Scene I.” Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Vol. XXIII, No. 8 (October 2004): 30-31.
  • “The U.S. Race in Arabic Newspapers.” New York Times 26 September 2004, Section 4, Week in Review: 3.
  • “Saudi Arabia—Tragedy and Triumph.” Washington Report on Middle East Affairs Vol. XXIII, No. 7 (September 2004): 32-33.
  • Word for Word: The Arab Press: “Editorial Tea Leaves in the Middle East.” New York Times, 4 July 2004, Section 4, Week in Review: 7.
  • Renovating the House of Saud.World Press Review Online. (posted Jan. 2004).
  • “Algeria: Chirac’s Triumphant Return.” World Press Review Vol. 50, No. 5 (May 2003): 29.
  • Middle East: Axis of Paralysis.World Press Review Online. (posted March 2003).
  • Libya Leaves the Arab League.World Press Review Online. (posted Nov. 2002).
Updated on 07/18/2016