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Dr Seth Anziska
Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Third Floor, Foster Court, Malet Place
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 2766
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  • Associate Professor
  • Dept of Hebrew & Jewish Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Seth Anziska is the Mohamed S. Farsi-Lindenbaum Associate Professor of Jewish-Muslim Relations at UCL. His research and teaching focuses on modern Middle Eastern history, Israeli and Palestinian society and culture, and contemporary Arab and Jewish politics. He is the author of Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo (Princeton University Press, 2018; Arabic edition, Institute for Palestine Studies, 2022), which was awarded the British and Irish Association for Jewish Studies Book Prize. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, +972 Magazine, and the 55th Venice Biennale. Seth received his PhD in International and Global History with distinction from Columbia University, his M. Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and his BA in history from Columbia University. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Norwegian Nobel Institute and visiting professor at Dartmouth College, and has held fellowships at New York University, the London School of Economics, and the American University of Beirut.

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Seth’s research is focused on the international history of the Middle East in the 20th century, particularly Israel and Palestine, Lebanon, and US relations with the wider region. His first book, Preventing Palestine, examined the emergence of the 1978 Camp David Accords and the consequences of international diplomacy in circumscribing Palestinian self-determination. He is also interested in archival practices and visual culture of the Middle East, as well as the legacy of Arab-Jewish encounters in Europe and the Levant. Current projects include an international history of Israel’s 1982 Lebanon War (supported by the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust), which explores the possibility and limitations of historical research across national borders given the afterlife of political violence.  

Teaching Summary

History of the Modern Middle East 

Israel and Palestine

Jewish-Muslim Relations in the Modern Middle East

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Academic Background
2016   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
2015   Doctor of Philosophy Columbia University
2008   Master of Philosophy University of Oxford
2006   Bachelor of Arts Columbia University
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