Professor Simon Davis researches and writes on international, imperial and colonial history, concentrating on the twentieth century, and in the Middle East. In addition to Bronx Community College, he is a faculty member of the doctoral program in History, and masters' program in Middle Eastern Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has also taught previously at New York University and Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, in the United Kingdom. His current area of interest is in Palestine during the British Mandate.
Ph.D. in History, University of Exeter
M.A. in War Studies, King's College, University of London
B.A. (Hons) in Modern History, University of Oxford
Recent Courses Taught: HIS 10 History of the Modern World
HIS 11 Introduction to the Modern World GEO 10 World Regional Geography HIS 24 The History of American Foreign Relations
Research Interests: History of the Middle East, British Colonial History, British Civil-Military Relations and Counter-Insurgency in Palestine during the Great Arab Rebellion, 1936-1939
Honors, Awards, and Affiliations:
Professor, History, CUNY Graduate Center
Director/ Executive Officer, Masters' Program in Middle Eastern Studies, CUNY Graduate Center, 2018 - 2022
NYU SCPS Outstanding Instructor of the Year, 2004
CUNY Salute to Scholars
Fulbright Foundation Travel Award: India and Sri Lanka
Historical Dictionary of the Cold War: Second Edition, (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017) [with Joseph Smith].
Contested Space: Anglo-American Relations in the Persian Gulf, 1939-1947, (Leiden; EJ Brill/Martinus Nijhoff, 2009).
"Government Forces Dare Not Penetrate": Urban Arab Palestine, No-go Areas, and the Conflicted Course of British Counter-Insurgency during the Great Rebellion, 1936-39,' in Keogh, Timothy (ed.), War and the City: the Urban Context of Conflict and Mass Destruction, (Brill; Ferdinand Schoning, 2019).
'"Irish & Roman Catholic Which Upsets All the People Here": Michael McDonnell and British Colonial Justice in Palestine, 1927-1936,’ Twentieth Century British History, 29, 4 (2018).
'The Middle East', in Zeiler, Thomas (ed.), Blackwell Companion to the Second World War, (Oxford; Blackwell, 2013).
‘The Persian Gulf in the 1940s and the Question of an Anglo-American Middle East,’ History: the Journal of the Historical Association, 95, 1 (2010).
‘A Projected New Trusteeship’? American Internationalism, British Imperialism, and the Reconstruction of Iran, 1938-1947,’ Diplomacy and Statecraft, 17, 1 (2006).