Asher Kaufman

Asher Kaufman




Modern Middle East


Ph.D., Brandeis University, 2000

Research and Teaching Interests

My research and teaching have focused on the modern Middle East in general and on Lebanon, Syria, Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict in particular. More specifically, I have written and taught on nationalism and colonialism in the Middle East, on memory, forgetfulness and silence in the Arab-Israeli conflict and on boundaries and territoriality in the Middle East.

My book, Contested Frontiers: Cartography, Sovereignty, and Conflict, in the Lebanon, Israel, Syria Tri-Border Region was released by the Woodrow Wilson Press in association with the Johns Hopkins University Press in December 2013.


Kroc Institute Profile

Recent Publications

"Colonial Cartography and the Making of Palestine, Lebanon and Syria," in Cyrus Schayegh and Andrew Arsan (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of the History of Middle East Mandates (London" Routledge, 2015).

"Between Permeable and Sealed Borders: The Trans-Arabian Pipeline and the Arab-Israeli Conflict," International Journal of Middle East Studies (February 2014), pp. 95-116.

"Thinking Beyond Direct Violence," International Journal of Middle East Studies (May 2014), pp. 441-444.

“Henri Lammens and Syrian Nationalism,” in Adel Beshara (ed.), The Origins of Syrian Nationhood Histories, Pioneers and Identity(Routledge, 2011)

“‘Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie:’ On Ghajar and Other Anomalies in the Syria, Lebanon and Israel Tri-Border Region,” Middle East Journal (Fall, 2009), pp. 539-560

“Forgetting the Lebanon War? On Silence, Denial and Selective Remembrance in Israel of the First Lebanon War,” in Efrat Ben Zeev, Ruth Ginio and Jay Winter (eds.), Shadows of war: The Social History of Silence in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

“From the Litani to Beirut: Israel’s Invasions of Lebanon, 1978-1985: Causes and Consequences,” in Clive Jones & Dr. Sergio Catignani, Israel and Lebanon 1976-2006 An Interstate and Asymmetric Conflict in Perspective(Routledge, 2009)

Contact Information

Office: 1110G Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Phone: 574-631-8213

Mailing Address:
Department of History
219 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556