Howard M. Sachar

Professor Emeritus of History and International Affairs
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Areas of Expertise

History of the Middle Eastern and Europe

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, and reared in Champaign, Illinois, Professor Sachar received his undergraduate education at Swarthmore College and took his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Historical Association and several other learned societies and serves on a dozen scholarly editorial boards and commissions. From 1961 to 1964, he served as a founder-director of Brandeis University's Jacob Hiatt Institute in Jerusalem. Sachar has contributed to many scholarly journals and is the author of fourteen books: The Course of Modern Jewish History, Aliyah, From the Ends of the Earth, The Emergence of the Middle East, Europe Leaves the Middle East, A History of Israel, The Man on the Camel, Egypt and Israel, Diaspora, A History of Israel since the Yom Kippur War, A History of the Jews in America, Farewell Espana and Israel and Europe. He is also the editor-in-chief of the 39-volume The Rise of Israel: A Documentary History. Dr. Sachar has twice been the recipient of the National Jewish Book Award. His writings have been published in six languages.

Based in Washington, D.C., where he is a Professor of Modern History at The George Washington University, Sachar is a consultant and lecturer on Middle Eastern affairs for the United States Foreign Service Institute. Over the years he has been a Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University and has guest lectured at some 150 other universities in the United States, Europe, South Africa, and Egypt. In 1996, Sachar was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion.


Ph.D., Harvard University