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Marcus Smith

Marcus Smith

Assistant Professor, History

McCluer Hall 224

Biographical Information

Marcus Smith (BA Anderson University, MA University of Cincinnati, PhD Purdue University) is a historian of Modern Middle East and Global history. Born and raised in Ohio, a deployment to Iraq in 2005 with the U.S. Army sparked an interest in the history and cultures of the region which led to subsequent travels in Israel-Palestine and Jordan. Research topics focus on social, political, and cultural relations of minority communities including case studies of Muslim Americans living in Columbus, Ohio 1980s-Present and the Jewish community in Baghdad, Iraq 1951-Present. His love of history stems from a curiosity about the factors that make for peace or violence in our modern world and is closely linked with social engagement and community service projects.

Academic Interests

Dr. Smith's academic interests include the following:

  • Global History
  • Middle East and Islamic World History
  • Socio-Political Transformations of the Modern Era
  • Ethno-religious crises and their resolutions

Research Interests

Dr. Smith's research interests include the following:

  • Modern Iraq
  • Middle Eastern Jews
  • Muslim American History
  • Oral History

Courses Taught

Dr. Smith has taught the following courses:

  • Modern Global History
  • Modern Middle East History
  • History of Islam
  • Industrialization in the World
  • Modern European History
  • Modern Jewish History
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