department of history


Carla L. Klausner

Curators' Professor and Olson Professor Emerita
Islamic, Ottoman, Modern Middle East, Medieval Europe, Medieval Jewish

204 Cockefair Hall
Phone: 816-235-2540

Curriculum Vitae


1963 Ph.D. History and Middle East Studies, Harvard University

1960 M.A. Middle East Studies, Radcliffe College

1958 History, Barnard College

Bio Sketch

Carla L. Klausner, Curators’ Professor and Olson Professor Emerita of History, was a fifty-year member of the UMKC faculty. In addition to teaching a variety of courses, she was the interim director of the Judaic Studies program. She continues to speaks widely on all aspects of Islamic, Jewish and Middle East history to academic and community audiences. The 7th edition of her textbook on the Arab-Israeli conflict was published in November, 2015, and she is currently working on an eighth edition.

Courses Taught 

> HIST 411R  Medieval Civilization I

> HIST 444R  Islam and the Arabs: The Formative Period

> HIST 445  The Ottoman Empire in the Middle East to WWI

> HIST 446R  The Middle East from WWI to Present

> HIST 476  Medieval Jewish History

> HIST 5584R  European Colloquium



The Seljuk Vezirate: A Study of Civil Administration, 1055-1194, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1973.

From Destruction to Rebirth: The Holocaust and the State of Israel with Dr. Joseph Schultz, New York: University Press of America, 1978.

A Concise History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, with Ian J. Bickerton, New York: Prentice Hall, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2015