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Saliba Sarsar, PhD


PhD, Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey

Office: Wilson Hall, Room 205

Phone: 732-571-4474


Fall 2015 Office Hours:

Monday: 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday: 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Or By Appointment

Fall 2015 Courses:

PS/RS 375: Islam and Politics

PS/SO 309: Internship Seminar

PS 401: Seminar in Political Science

PS 595: Political Science Practicum

Regularly Taught Courses:

PS/RS 375: Islam and Politics

PS 376: Comparative Politics of the Middle East


Dr. Sarsar earned a BA in political science and history interdisciplinary, with summa cum laude, from Monmouth in 1978, and a doctoral degree in political science, with specialization in Middle East affairs, from Rutgers University. Dr. Sarsar is active in Arab-Jewish dialogue and peace building, for which he received the Humanitarian Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice in 2001. His other awards include the Stafford Presidential Award of Excellence and the Global Visionary Award, which he received from Monmouth University in 2006 and 2007, respectively. In April 2003, Sarsar was featured in the New York Times article, "His Mission: Finding Why People Fight - A Witness to Mideast Conflict Turns to Dialogue and Peace."

Research Interests:

Palestinian-Israeli relations, Jerusalem, democracy in the Middle East, American foreign policy in the Middle East

Selected Works:


Dr. Sarsar is the author of several articles and commentaries on the Middle East; editor of Palestine and the Quest for Peace (American Task Force on Palestine, 2009); and co-editor of Principles and Pragmatism: Key Documents from the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP, 2006), Patriarch Michel Sabbah-Faithful Witness: On Reconciliation and Peace in the Holy Land (New City Press, 2009), and Democracy in Africa: Political Changes and Challenges. (Carolina Academic Press, 2012). Dr. Sarsar is also the author of two books of poetry, titled Crosswinds (Mellen Poetry Press, 1999) and Seven Gates of Jerusalem, a bilingual English/Arabic edition (Kul-Shee, 2010).