Teaching Professor of History
Ph.D.: University of Michigan, 1990
Department Member Since: 1992
Prof. Eisenberg is an historian of the modern Middle East. Her areas of research and publication include the Arab-Israeli conflict and peace process and the interaction of multiple Middle East actors, particularly Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinians. Recent publications include a second edition of her co-authored textbook on the Arab-Israeli peace process (with Neil Caplan, Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace, Indiana University Press, 1998 and 2010), two articles on Lebanese-Israeli relations, an overview of the Arab-Israeli peace process, 1967-1993, and a conference paper on Israeli-Syrian negotiations. On-going research projects focus on the legacy of Jordan's King Hussein and the June 1967 war.
In the classroom, Prof. Eisenberg emphasizes the interpretation of primary source documents and their importance in original research projects. Her students learn to read historical documents closely and critically and to subject them to rigorous content analysis. Many of her courses incorporate in-class role-playing exercises. Her course on the Arab-Israeli conflict and peace process concludes with a week long Arab-Israeli negotiation simulation, for which students conduct extensive preparatory research and engage in extended role-playing. She also teaches courses on religion and politics in the Middle East, American foreign policy in the region, the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, and a practicum on how historians interpret historical evidence. Her “American-Arab Encounters” course uses video-conferencing technology and takes place in real time, uniting CMU students in Pittsburgh with students at the CMU campus in Qatar. An unusual but rewarding aspect of her work came when she served as a consultant for ImpactGames, a company which produced “PeaceMaker,” a video game simulating Palestinian-Israeli interactions. Prof. Eisenberg works closely with the Director of Undergraduate studies to bring exciting programming to the Department via the History Undergraduate Group [HUG].
Prof. Eisenberg is also a Faculty Affiliate of CMU's Center for International Relations and Politics [CIRP] and a Faculty Lead for the Middle East and South Asia Initiative, also of CIRP.
|Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1880-1948|
|Arab-Israeli Conflict and Peace Process since 1948|
|American Foreign Policy and the Middle East since 1945|
|Religion and Politics in the Middle East|
|Historical Evidence and Interpretation|
|Documenting the 1967 Arab-Israeli War|
Department of History
Baker Hall 138