Lawrence Davidson

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Lawrence Davidson
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Born (1945-06-21) June 21, 1945 (age 75)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
EducationB.A. Rutgers University
M.A. Georgetown University
Ph.D. University of Alberta
OccupationAuthor, Columnist, Editor, Professor
Notable work
  • Islamic Fundamentalism. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998.
  • Cultural Genocide. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2012.

Lawrence Davidson is a retired professor of history from West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. [1] [ non-primary source needed ] He is the author of Islamic Fundamentalism, Cultural Genocide and has focused his academic research on American foreign relations with the Middle East.


Early life and education

Davidson was born to a secular Jewish household in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1945. He attended Rutgers University from 1963–1967, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history. While attending Rutgers, Davidson developed a leftist perspective regarding the problems facing the US in the 1960s.[ citation needed ]

In 1967, Davidson was accepted into Georgetown University Master's program where he studied modern European intellectual history under Palestinian expatriate professor Hisham Sharabi.[ citation needed ] During his time at Georgetown (1969–1970), Davidson became one of the founding members of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at Georgetown at the height of the Vietnam War. [2] [ non-primary source needed ][ unreliable source? ]

In 1970, with the breakup of the SDS, Davidson left the United States for Canada. [3] He spent the next six years at the University of Alberta in Edmonton where he earned a PhD (1976) in modern European Intellectual history. [4] [5]

After returning to the United States in the mid 1970s, Davidson spent several years as an adjunct instructor at various colleges and universities, as well as working for a time as a middle manager at Alexian Brothers Health Systems Catholic hospital in St. Louis. [ citation needed ] Subsequently, he was contracted to write the history of Alexian Brothers’ oldest hospital. This led to his first book, The Alexian Brothers of Chicago (1990). [6] [ non-primary source needed ]

In 1989, Davidson joined the faculty of history at West Chester University as a tenure track professor where he taught Middle East history, the history of science, and modern European intellectual history. [7] [ unreliable source? ] He retired from WCU in May 2013. [8]

Currently, Davidson writes for his Blog " To The Point Analyses" and is a contributing editor for Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture. [9] Davidson is a board member of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, alongside Hamid Dabashi, Ilan Pappé, Michel Shehadeh, and honorary advisory board member Desmond Tutu. [10]

Cultural Genocide (2012)

In 2012, Rutgers University Press published Davidson's book Cultural Genocide. Davidson defines cultural genocide as the "purposeful destructive targeting of out-group cultures so as to destroy or weaken them in the process of conquest or domination". [11] [ non-primary source needed ]


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  2. Davidson, Lawrence. 1967. [Georgetown University Students for a Democratic Society papers].
  3. "Converging Fears". Facts and Arts. 2015-12-19. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  4. "Dr. Larry Davidson". Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  5. "Lawrence Davidson". Facts and Arts. 2014-05-22. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  11. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-07-15. Retrieved 2016-06-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)