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Harris, Christina Phelps (1902–1972) - Middle Eastern History

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Christina Phelps Harris was born in New York City on February 9, 1902, to Luis James Phelps, a lawyer, and Marie Christina (Nichols) Phelps. She attended the Sorbonne in Paris from 1919 to 1920 and Wellesley College from 1920 to 1922. She received an A.B. in 1925 and an A.M. from Barnard College in 1927. Harris became an instructor in English history at Vassar College and received a Ph.D. in modern European history from Columbia University in 1930. Her dissertation was published as The Anglo-American Peace Movement in the Mid-Nineteenth Century . She traveled for some years in the Middle East, and this resulted in The Syrian Desert: Caravans, Travels and Explorations , published in 1937.

Harris became known as an authority on Middle Eastern affairs and in 1938 became an instructor in Middle Eastern history at the extension division of McGill University, Montreal, Canada. In 1939 she became an associate in history and assistant to the dean at Barnard College. From 1942 to 1946 she was associate professor of history and college dean at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. During that time she co-authored This Age of Conflict: A Contemporary World History 1914–1943 . In 1946–47 she was a specialist in the Arab World Division of Near Eastern Affairs for the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., and went on a special mission to London for intensive study of British policy in the Middle East. Upon her return, Harris moved to California and worked on the Middle East Collection at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University as a senior research fellow. In 1948, when the collection was formally established, she was appointed the first curator. In 1951 she also became a professor at Stanford on Middle East area studies and professor of political science from 1959 to 1967. Harris continued with the Institute until 1957 and as an advisor until 1967. From 1957 to 1967 she was also departmental editor for Near Eastern history for Encyclopaedia Britannica . In 1964 she published Nationalism and Revolution in Egypt . After her retirement, she continued to research the explorations and surveys that preceded the connection by telegraph of England and India via the Persian Gulf at the Indian Office Library and Records of the Royal Geographic Society of Great Britain. Christina Harris died in 1972.

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