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Joseph Masaad

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: United States
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1963
  • Age: 53
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Joseph Andoni Massad is Associate Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University, whose academic work has focused on Palestinian, Jordanian, and Israeli nationalism. He is also known for his book Desiring Arabs, about representations of sexual desire in the Arab world.

Massad, a Palestinian, was born in Jordan in 1963. He received his PhD in Political Science from Columbia in 1998.

Massad's first book, Colonial Effects: The Making of National Identity in Jordan, was published in 2001 by Columbia University Press. The book is based on Massad's PhD dissertation, which won the Middle East Studies Association Malcolm Kerr Dissertation Award in 1998.

The book has received praise from scholars Ilan Pappé and Ella Shohat as well as from Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi. Shohat praised the book as a "timely and engaging volume" that "makes an invaluable contribution to the ongoing debate over Zionism and Palestine." Pappé saw the book as a "courageous intellectual exercise" and as "a thought provoking book that forces us to reverse our conventional images and perceptions about Palestine's history and future." 

Massad's third book, Desiring Arabs, was published in 2007 by the University of Chicago Press. Desiring Arabs won Columbia University's 2008 Lionel Trilling Book Award, awarded by a jury of students on the grounds that it “offers a probing study of representations of Arab sexuality" and is "an important and eloquent work of scholarship that the committee feels will have a lasting impact on the field.”


Achievements and Awards


1- MESA Malcolm Kerr Dissertation Award 1998

2- Lionel Trilling Book Award 2008

3- Scott Nearing Award for Courageous Scholarship 2008


1- Massad, Joseph A. (October 15, 2001). Colonial effects: the making of national identity in Jordan.

2- Massad, Joseph A. (2006). The Persistence of the Palestinian Question: Essays on Zionism and the Palestinians. 

3- Massad, Joseph A. (June 15, 2007). Desiring Arabs. Chicago.

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