Integrated Search Menu

Roger Adelson

Profile photo
Emeritus Professor
Faculty,
Biography: 

Professor Adelson's publications include three books: Mark Sykes: Portrait of an Amateur (London: Jonathan Cape, 1975), London and the Invention of the Middle East, Money, Power, and War, 1902-1922 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995), and Speaking of History: Conversations with Historians, 1990-1995 (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1996). Adelson is completing a book on Winston Churchill and the Middle East, 1905-1955, and has started another on Truman to Bush: The Middle East and the U.S. Presidency. Adelson has also published over 100 articles, essays, and reviews in scholarly journals; he has edited more than 5,000 pages of scholarly history for The Historian; he has presented some 50 papers at scholarly meetings in the United States and abroad.

Professor Adelson received a bachelor's degree with honors from George Washington University and a bachelor's degree from from Oxford University, his master's and doctoral degrees from Washington University, St. Louis, where he held a graduate Danforth Fellowship. He was an Alistair Horne Research Fellow at Oxford and taught briefly at Harvard before joining the Arizona State University faculty in 1974.

At Arizona State University, Adelson has taught undergraduate course in Modern British, Global, and Middle Eastern History, as well as graduate-level comparative courses and research seminars. Chair of more than 30 honor's, master's and doctoral committees, he has received awards for outstanding teaching and mentoring from the History Department, the Honor's College, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University and Advanced Placement.

After 9/11/01, for the Arizona State University President's Committee on Community Enrichment, Professor Adelson offered two 6-week courses on Islam and the World, and the Middle East since the 1970s. He has also been a lecturer at Washington University; the University of Arizona, Tucson; the American Graduate School of International Management, Glendale, Arizona; Pepperdine University, Malibu, California and the Dante Alighieri School, Florence, Italy.

Professor Adelson has addressed more than 100 groups locally, nationally and internationally, and has consulted with the media on all these levels, advised private and public officials and institutions about the Modern Middle East and the Islamic World. He is affiliated with and held offices in a variety of academic, civic, honorary and professional organizations. Traveling extensively on most of the continents of the world for over four decades, Adelson resides near Arizona State University in Tempe, where his hobbies are collecting art, entertaining and gardening, as well as cycling, hiking and swimming. 

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Washington University, St. Louis 
  • M.A. Washington University, St. Louis
  • B.Litt. Oxford University
  • B.A. (honors), George Washington University
Publications: 
  • Adelson, Roger. Is there a Middle East?. (2006).
  • Adelson, Roger. The British in Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan. (2006).
  • . . Review of: Saudi Arabia and Britain: Changing Relations, 1939-1953 (2005).
  • . . Review of: Stragegy and Politics in the Middle East, 1954-1960: Defending the Northern Tier (2005).
  • . . Review of: T.E. Lawrence (2005).
  • Adelson, Roger Dean. Mark Sykes. Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa, 2nd ed (2004).
  • Adelson, Roger Dean. The Arab Bureau. Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa, 2nd edition (2004).
  • Adelson, Roger Dean. The Foreign Office. Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa, 2nd edn (2004).
  • . . Review of: Churchill: Visionary, Statesman, Historian (2004).
  • . . Review of: Food for War: Agriculture and Rearmament in Britain before the Second World War (2004).
  • . . Review of: Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied (2004).
  • . . Review of: Suez: Britain's End of Empire in the Middle East (2004).
  • . . Review of: Neogtiating Power in Early Modern Society: Order Hierarchy and Subordination in Britain and Ireland (2002).
  • . . Review of: Roosevelt and Churchill: Men of Secrets (2002).
  • . . Review of: The Middle East between the Great Powers: Anglo-American Conflict and cooperation, 1952-1957 (2002).
  • . . Review of: The Statecraft of Biritsh Imperialism: Essays in Honor of Wm. Roger Louis (2002).
  • . . Review of: The Statecraft of British Imperialism: Essays in Honor of Wm. Roger Louis (2002).
  • Roger Adelson. Interview with James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress. The Historian (2001).
  • Roger Adelson. Interview with Peter Iverson. The Historian (2001).
  • Adelson, Roger Dean, Horne, Alistair. Winston Churchill and the Middle East, 1898-1922. (2001).
  • . . Review of: Demise of the British Empire in the Middle East: Britain's Responses to Nationalist Movements, 1943- 1955 (2001).
  • . . Review of: Ploughing Sand: Briitsh Rule in Palestine, 1917-1948 (2001).
  • Adelson, Roger Dean (Author) . Winston Churchill and the Middle East, 1898-1922. Telling Lives: From W.B. Yeats to Bruce Chatwin (2001).
  • Roger Adelson. Interview with Wm. Roger Louis. The Historian (2000).
  • Roger Adelson. The Oxford History of the British Empire in Five Volumes. The Historian (2000).
  • Adelson, Roger Dean. Speaking of History: Conversations with Historians. (2000).
  • . . Review of: The Oxford History of the British Empire (2000).
  • . . Review of: Vol. 1, The Origins of Empire (2000).
  • . . Review of: Vol. 2, The Eighteenth Century (2000).
  • . . Review of: Vol. 3, The Nineteenth Century (2000).
  • . . Review of: Vol. 4, The Twentieth Century (2000).
  • . . Review of: Vol. 5, Historiography (2000).
  • . . Review of: War by Revolution: Germany and Great Britain in the Middle East in the Era of World War I (2000).
Presentations: 
  • Adelson, Roger. Comparing Post- War Germany, Japan, and Iraq. Homecoming History Meeting, History Department, Arizona State University (Oct 2005).
  • Adelson, Roger. Global History Since 1500. Multi-Dimensional History Series, History Department, Arizona State University (Apr 2004).
  • Adelson, Roger. Tribute, "The Presidents of the Conference of Historical Journals, 1979-2004". American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C (Jan 2004).
  • Adelson, Roger. The Historian and the Modern Middle East. presentation for the history students of Professor Jay Price, Wichita State Univesrity (Apr 2003).
Service: 
  • I.B. Taurus, Reviewed for publication (2006 - Present)
  • Women of the World Series Lecture Series, Invited participant (2006 - Present)
  • Phoenix Art Museum, Lecturer, The Austro-Hungarian Empire: The History and its Aftermath (2006 - Present)
  • Islamic Studies Faculty Group, Member (2002 - Present)
  • ABC/CLIO/Historical Abstracts, Member, Advisory Board (1997 - 2010)
  • The Churchill Center, Cambridge, Conference on Churchill and the Middle East, to comment on Churchill's treatment by Sir Martin Gilbert (2008 - 2009)
  • The Historian/Phi Alpha Theta, Member, Editorial Board (2002 - 2008)
  • History Personnel and Advisory Committee, Elected member (2005 - 2007)
  • President's Honorary Degree Committee, Member (2002 - 2007)
  • McGraw-Hill, Consultant (2005 - 2006)
  • Personnel and Advisory Committee, Member (2005 - 2006)
  • ASU Honorary Degrees Committee, Member (2002 - 2006)
  • Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference, Judge and Coordinator of Prizes (2006 - 2006)
  • Phoenix Art Museum, Lecture, "The Austro-Hungarian Empire: The History and its Aftermath" (2006 - 2006)
  • Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Referee (2005 - 2005)
  • Fullbright Interviews on Middle East, Barrett College, ASU, Faculty Adviser (2005 - 2005)
  • Prentice-Hall, Consultant (2005 - 2005)
  • The Institute for Social Science Research, Presenter to leaders of Strategic Partnerships and Citizens International (2005 - 2005)
  • two sections of HST 480, the Education Methods Class, ASU, Guest Lecturer, "Teaching Global History" (2005 - 2005)
  • History Festival, ASU Homecoming, 2005, Set up roundtable, "Comparing Postwar Germany, Japan, and Iraq" (2005 - 2005)
  • History Department, Having established the Michael Steiner History Prize, I chaired the awards committee every year but one (1995 - 2005)
  • ABC-CLIO Historical Abstracts, Member, International Advisory Board (2004 - 2004)
  • Committee on Undergraduate degree/major in Global Studies, Contributor (2004 - 2004)
  • Digital Library Collection, University of Michigan, Consultant (2004 - 2004)
  • Tenure and Promotion, History Department, Ohio University, Reviewer (2004 - 2004)
  • Tenure and Promotion, History Department, Univ. of Oklahoma, Reviewer (2004 - 2004)
  • The Historian Editorial Board, Member, British and Middle Eastern History (2004 - 2004)
  • Committee for History Dept. Celebration, Member (2003 - 2004)
  • Modern Europe/Global Search Committee, Member (2003 - 2004)
  • University of Michigan Digital Library, Consultant (2004 - 2004)
  • Longman Publishers, Consultant (2004 - 2004)
  • History Department, Ohio University, Reviewer (2004 - 2004)
  • History Department, University of Oklahoma, Reviewer (2004 - 2004)
  • Political Science Quarterly, Referee (2004 - 2004)
  • Cambridge University Press, Referee (2004 - 2004)
  • Rotary Club of Tempe, Lecturer, "Oil and the Middle East since the 1970s" (2004 - 2004)
  • School of Global Studies, Contributor, Committee on Undergraduate Degree/Major (2004 - 2004)
  • Wadworth Thompson Learning, Consultant (2004 - 2004)
  • Tempe Rotary Club, Tempe, Arizona, Talk, "The Middle East since the 1970s" (2004 - 2004)
  • Plotkin's Media in Classroom Series, Presentation on the Indian Subcontinent from HST 101 (2004 - 2004)
  • Thunderbird Graduate School of International Mangement Luncheon, Discussant with Adel Al-Jubeir, Advisor to Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia (2004 - 2004)
  • Phi Alpha Theta, Judge for Regional Conference (2004 - 2004)
  • ASU President's Community Enrichment Program, Lecturer, "Islam and the Future of the Middle East" (2004 - 2004)
  • American Graduate School of International Management, Discussant with Abdel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia (2004 - 2004)
  • History Day, Panelist, Global History Session (2004 - 2004)
  • History Department, Global and Modern European Search Committee, Member (2003 - 2004)
  • History Day, Video, "History at ASU, Linking the Past, Present and Future" (2003 - 2004)
  • ASU President's Community Enrichment Program, Desert Highlands, Scottsdale, Lecture on Islam and the Future of the Middle East (2004 - 2004)
  • Architecture and Environmental Design College, ASU, Consultant on Islam (2003 - 2003)
  • Dean's Committee on Global Studies, Member (2003 - 2003)
  • Faculty Focus Group on Revising General Studies Requirements, Member (2003 - 2003)
  • President's Committee on Global Studies, Member (2003 - 2003)
  • Selection Committee for CLAS Editor/Publisher, Member (2003 - 2003)
  • ASU International Student Programs Cultural Immersion Workshnop on Islam and the Middle East, Lecturer (2003)
  • ASU President's Community Enrichment Program, Lecturer on Islam and Middle East (2003)
  • ASU Upward Bound, Lecturer (2003)
  • Arizona Republic, ASU Web Net, East Valley Tribune, Scottsdale Progress, KAET, KNXV, KSAZ, Consultant (2003)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Lecturer (2003)
  • CLAS Dean's Committee on Global Studies, Member (2003)
  • CLAS Search Committee for CLAS Editor/Publisher, Member (2003)
  • Conference of Historical Journals, Governing Board Member (2003)
  • English-Speaking Union, Phoenix Branch, Luncheon Lecturer (2003)
  • Focus Group on Revising General Studies Requirements, Member (2003)
  • Fullbright Interviews on Middle East, Member (2003)
  • Graduate Policy Committee, Member (2003)
  • Historical Abstracts, ABC-CLIO, Advisory Board Member (2003)
  • Modern European/Global Search Committee, Member (2003)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Reviewer (2003)
  • Newman Center, Lecturer (2003)
  • Phoenix Country Club Current Events Luncheon Lecture Series, Lecturer (2003)
  • Phoenix and Islamic Urban Architecture, Consultant (2003)
  • Planning Committee for Feb. 21, 2004, Member (2003)
  • President's Proposed School of Global Studies, Member (2003)
  • The Historian, Associate Editor (2003)
  • The Historian, Member, Editorial Board (2003)
  • World History Advanced Placement, Educational Testing Service, 2002, Evaluator (2003)
  • iLrn, Consultant (2003)
  • Adventures in Learning program, delivered at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Lecture on The Modern Middle East (2003 - 2003)
  • a 6-week long course for the ASU President's Community Enrichment Program, Northern Trust Community Room, Scottsdale, Lecture on The Modern Middle East (2003 - 2003)
  • Graduate Studies Committeee, Member (2001 - 2002)
  • Phoenix Country Club Tenth Annual Current Events Luncehon Series, Lecture on Arab Regimes and Angry Arabs (2002 - 2002)
  • Newman Center, Tempe, AZ, Lecture on Historic Issues of the Modern Middle East (2002 - 2002)
  • Phoenix Country Club Tenth Annual Current Events Luncheon Series, Lecture on Iraq: With or Without Saddam Hussain? (2002 - 2002)
  • on anniversary of 9/11/01, with East Valley Tribune, KNXV, Consultation (2002 - 2002)
  • Luncheon Talk for Public Relations Department, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Lecture on Contemporary Crises in the Middle East (2002 - 2002)
  • ASU International Student Programs Cultural Immersion Workshop on Islam and the Middle East, Lecture on The Modern Middle East: An Historical and Global Perspective (2002 - 2002)
  • KSAZ, the Fox television network affiliate for Phoenix, Taped interview on Israeli-Palestinian Crisis and Oil Prices (2002 - 2002)
  • Upward Bound Program Workshop, ASU, lecture on Young People and the Middle East (2002 - 2002)
  • two public lectures for ASU's Adventures in Learning, delivered at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale, Lecture on Islam and the West: Past, Present, and Future (2002 - 2002)
  • 6-week long course for the ASU President's Community Enrichment Program, Northern Trust Community Room, Scottsdale, Lecture on Islam and the West: Past Present, and Future (2002 - 2002)
  • Phoenix Country Club Ninth Annual Current Events Luncheon Lecture Series, Lecture on Making Sense of the Middle East (2001 - 2001)
  • News Department of KNXV, the ABC network television affiliate for Phoenix, Taped and live interview, briefings on Middle East Terrorism (2001 - 2001)
  • The Arizona Republic, ASU State Press, East Valley Tribune, Scottsdale Tribune, ASU Web Net, Telephone Interviews on the World Trade Center/Pentagon Terrorist Attacks (2001 - 2001)
  • History Brown-Bag Luncheon Series, Arizona State University, Lecture on Winston Churchill and the Defense of the Middle East, 1905-1955 (2001 - 2001)
  • English-Speaking Union, Phoenix Branch, Lecture on Winston Churchill and the Middle East (2001 - 2001)