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Jennifer Gail Sarin, Ms

Jennifer Gail Sarin Ms

Assistant Teaching Professor of English

121 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

State College , Pennsylvania 16801
Office Phone: (608) 215-9157

Office Hours:

  • SPRING 2018:
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:00


  1. BA Kalamazoo College; Kalamazoo, Michigan; European History; Jewish and Middle Eastern History - Certificate of Study: Jacob Hiat Institute in conjunction with Hebrew University.
  2. MA Indiana University; German-Jewish History and Middle Eastern Studies
  3. PHD work: Indiana University and the Technische Universitat, Berlin 1988-89; completed but did not submit dissertation on sermon literature during the 3rd Reich. Middlebury Language Institute; University of Wisconsin-Madison; Refugee Studies Center, Oxford University

Professional Bio

Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies, History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, History of the Lebanese Civil War, A Contrast of Setter- Colonialisms: Zionism and Palestine and Manifest Destiny over First Nations' Peaples in North America - University of Wisconsin-Madison; Have also taught Professional Communications at the University of Wisconsin School of Business; English as a Second Language at the Wisconsin English Second Language Institute (Madison, Wisconsin); basic Composition, Rhetoric, & grammar since the mid-1980's at Indiana University. Taught professional writing in the Bourj al-Barajneh Palestinian Refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon; edited and wrote press releases from the Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza City, Gaza.

Wrote articles for the Journal of Palestine Studies, the Refugee Studies Journal, Searching Jenin, Lebanon, Journey through a Shattered Land; The New Intifada; and the print edition of CounterPunch Magazine. I worked as a freelance journalist covering Middle East issues from 1996-present and have had numerous articles and essays published on line and in academic journals.

My academic background is in modern Western European, modern Middle Eastern History, Jewish History and the History of Zionism in Palestine. with an emphasis on the latter. Have studied Spanish French, German, Hebrew, Arabic, and some Dutch. I have lived in Beirut, Lebanon; Jerusalem, Israel; Jerusalem, Palestine; Gaza City, Gaza; Rafah, Gaza; and Ramallah, West Bank. Otherwise I have traveled to Damascus, Aleppo, & Palmyra, Syria; Amman and Petra, Jordan, Cairo, Egypt; and Hebron (al-Khalil), West Bank. Studied Arabic at Cambridge University, England; was a fellow at the Refugee Studies Center at Oxford University in Oxford, England (2005 - 2006); Researched Dissertation at the Technischer Universitat in Berlin, Germany (1988-89). Am working now on a variety of topics including the causes of the Iranian Revolution (based on the 1953 CIA/MI6 coup that overthrew the popularly elected president of Iran, Mohammad Mussadiq, from power); The rise of Iraq, the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in the Second Iraq War, The rise of Islamism and violent Islamist groups such as ISIS; the Syrian Civil War and Turkish/US/Syrian foreign policies.