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Andrew Patrick, PhD


Andrew Patrick is a historian of the relationship between the United States and the Middle East, focusing on the early twentieth century. His latest book, entitled America's Forgotten Middle East Initiative: The King-Crane Commission of 1919, came out in 2015. He is the former editor of the online journal New Middle Eastern Studies and is an active member of the "Lausanne Project" and the working group “World War I in the Middle East and North Africa.” He has taught at the high school and university level in Maine, Turkey, Britain, and the United Arab Emirates. Before teaching, he worked for the National Park Service in Alaska, where he wrote the book The Most Striking of Objects: The Totem Poles of Sitka National Historical Park. Andrew’s ongoing work focuses on the relationship between the United States and the Ottoman Empire during World War I era.


413D Crouch Hall, (615) 963-5742,  apatric2@tnstate.edu


PhD, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Manchester, 2011

MSc, Education, University of Southern Maine, 2005

MA, Modern History, University College London, 1997

BA, History/Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1996

Courses Taught

History of the Modern Middle East, World War I: Global Perspectives, The United States and the Middle East, The Teaching of History and the Social Sciences, Early World History, Modern World History, Global Culture in History, Modern United States History

Research Interests

Middle Eastern history; the relationship between the United States and the Middle East; oil history; the late Ottoman Empire; Turkey; Greater Syria; World War I in a global perspective; the United States and World War I; Woodrow Wilson; secondary social studies education 

Selected Publications and Appearances

Lecture at the National World War I Museum and Memorial: “Economics and Ethics: How WWI in the Middle East Changed US Policy Towards the Region,” August 2023, National World War I Museum, Kansas City, MO. Available at YouTube.com.

“Standard Oil and the Battle for the Ottoman Market, 1864-1914” Diplomacy & Statecraft, (Vol. 34, No. 2 (June 2023)), 180-207.

“Oil over Armenians: The 1920s ‘Lausanne Shift’ in US Relations with the Middle East.” They All Made Peace – What is Peace? The 1923 Lausanne Treaty and the New Imperial Order, ed. Jonathan Conlin and Ozan Ozavci, London, 2023.

Lecture at SOAS London: “Imperial Interventions in the Levant in 1919: The Wilsonian Imaginary and the Ottoman Lands,” May 2019, Council for British Research in the Levant/London Middle East Institute. Available on iHeart Radio.

"Woodrow Wilson, the Ottomans, and World War I." Diplomatic History 42, No. 5 (Nov. 2018): 886-910.

"Jesus Optional: The Ottoman education regulations of 1914 and the shifting institutional identity of the Syrian Protestant College." First World War Studies 7, No. 1 (2016): 43-62.

America’s Forgotten Middle East Initiative: The King Crane Commission of 1919. London: I.B. Tauris, 2015. Reviews: H-Diplo Roundtable Review, Vol. XVII, No. 21 (2016); Middle East Media and Book Review Online, Vol. 4, Issue 1 (January 2016); Diplomacy and Statecraft, Vol. 27, Issue 3 (2016); The English Historical Review (May 2017).

"'These people know about us': A Reconsideration of Attitudes Towards the United States in World War I-Era Greater Syria." Middle Eastern Studies 50, No. 3 (2014): 397-411.

"The Zionist Commission and the Jewish Communities of Greater Syria in 1919." The Jerusalem Quarterly special double issue entitled "Palestine in World War One" 56/57 (winter 2013/spring 2014), 107-117.

The Most Striking of Objects: The Totem Poles of Sitka National Historical Park. Anchorage, AK: U.S. Department of the Interior, 2002. [Available at the Hathi Trust Digital Library, http://www.hathitrust.org/.] Reviews: CRM: The Journal of Heritage Stewardship, Vol. 1, No. 2 (2004); Pacific Northwest Quarterly,Vol. 95, No. 3 (2004).