Curriculum Vitae

Khalil Mousa Marrar, Ph.D.


PhD, Political Science, Loyola University, Chicago, IL, August 2007


MS, Political Science, Illinois State University, Normal, IL; December 2001


BS, History, Minors in Political Science and Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, Illinois State University, Normal, IL; May 1999

AA, Black Hawk College, Phi Theta Kappa, Black Hawk College, Moline, IL; May 1997


Governors State University, University Park, IL, Associate Professor—2009-Present

  • Developed Curriculum and Offered Courses in Master of Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, Politics and Justice Studies, History, Global Studies, Environmental Studies, Middle East Studies
  • Faculty Senator
  • Educational Policies Committee


Al-Arabiyya, ABC, CBS, CLTV, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Correio Braziliense, FOX, Huffington Post, KLBJ, NBC, NPR, PBS, TELEMUNDO, Reuters, USA TODAY, WCEV, WCGO, WGN, WIND, WLS, WTTW, WYCC, 三联生活周刊


“Between Civilization, Madness, & Justice: History of Syria,” Flossmoor Community Church, Flossmoor, IL

“He Named Me Malala” for Muslim American Leadership Alliance, Chicago, IL, 2015

“Eastern Christians Genocide” for Silk Road Rising, Chicago, IL, 2015

“Foreign Policy Friday: Decoding US-Iran Relations” for the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, Chicago, IL, 2015

“Field Hearing on Violence Against Women: The Untold Casualty of ISIS” Hosted by U.S. Senator Mark Kirk with Expert Witness Testimony, United States Senate, Human Rights Caucus, co-chaired by Mark Kirk (IL) & Chris Coons (DE), Everett M. Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, Chicago, IL, 2014


“Framing Middle East Policy: Domestic Pressure and Interests Abroad,” for Oakton Community College Passport to the World Series, 2013

“After Egypt: The Fate of Political Islam in the Middle East,” for Moraine Valley Community College, 2013

“Why Israel and Palestine are Central to Resolving the Crisis in Islam-West Relations,” Moderator for Nader Hashemi, for Phi Kappa Kappa, University of Central Missouri, 2013

“Iran, Israel, Nukes, and Gas Prices,” for Oakton Community College Passport to the World Series, 2013

“Syria Unraveling: The Uprising,” for DePaul University, United Muslims Moving Ahead, University Ministry, and DePaul Student Involvement, 2012

“Two Peoples: One Future” for Oakton Community College Passport to the World Series, 2012

“The Arab Spring: Bringing Down Dictators,” with Ahmed Rehab, for the Muslim Law Student Association, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2012

“Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Still Possible,” with Gershon Baskin and Frida Kerner Furman for the Center for Interreligious Engagement, DePaul University, 2012

“Democracy and Social Change Movements: North Africa and the Middle East,” for Oakton Community College, 2011

“Peace of the Middle East,” with Reem Odeh, Shahar Arieli, and Steve Dishler, for Melsa and Decalogue, John Marshall Law School, 2011

“Social Networking within the Social Change Movements in North Africa and the Middle East: Facts and Fiction,” for Oakton Community College, 2011

“From the War on Terrorism to the Arab Spring: What’s Been Gained, What’s Been Lost,” for Heartland International, 2011

“America’s Global Challenges in the 21st Century: Security and International Relations,” with Tom Mockaitis and Kennette Benedict for East-West University, 2011

“The Social, Moral, Political, and Religious Implications of 9-11…10 Years Later,” for DePaul University, 2011

“After bin Laden: Democracy Versus Fundamentalism in the Middle East,” for Moraine Valley Community College, 2011

“Community Teach-In: Changes and Directions in the Middle East,” with Ahmed M. Rehab, Donald Culverson, Larry Levinson, and Farouk Shaaban for Governors State University, University Park, IL, 2011

“Wikileaks Scandal” with J. D. Bindenagel and Scott Hibbard for The College of Law at DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 2011

“The Road to Fallujah” for Film Screening and Faculty Panel Discussion at DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 2011

“Speech in Action” for New Leaders Council, Chicago, IL, March 13, 2010

“Ending the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Two States or One” with Hussein Ibish for Oakton Community College, Skokie, IL, 2009

“Arab and American” for “Arab Heritage Month” at John F. Kennedy High School, Chicago, IL, 2009

“Islam and the West: Muslims in the West,” for Governor State University, University Park, IL, 2009

“The Arab-Israeli Cookbook,” a discussion for Theatre Mir and the Chicago DCA Theater, Chicago, IL, 2009

“American Middle East Policy,” for Sherri Stone Replogle, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 2009

“Gaza: The Palestinian Struggle” with Don Wagner and Jeff Harder, for the Loyola Middle East Student Association, Chicago, IL, 2009

“Defending a Democratic Israel,” debate with Natan Sharansky moderated by Patrick Callahan, for the DePaul Conservative Alliance and Hillel, Chicago, IL, 2009

“The European Union as a Global Actor,” for University of Illinois European Union Center, Urbana, Illinois, 2009

“Oppressed? Middle Eastern Gender Stereotypes” for Women in Leadership at Loyola, Chicago, IL, 2008

“Political Crisis in Lebanon: A Panel Discussion with Fawaz Gerges and David Schenker,” for Northwestern Model Arab League, Evanston, IL, 2008

“Signs of Impending War against Iran,” for The World Can’t Wait, Chicago, IL, 2008

“The Arab Lobby and US Foreign Policy,” for Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI, 2008

“Never Again: An Examination of the History, Policy and Current Genocide in Darfur,” with Honorable Jan Schakowsky, Mabouc Mabouc, Ibrahim Adam, and Mohamed Abdelrhman for Anti-Defamation League. Mediated by Zoraida Sambolin, NBC 5, Chicago, IL, 2008

“U.S. Foreign Policy after George W. Bush,” for Patrick Holdich and the British Consulate General in Chicago, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 2008

“American Attitudes and US Policy Toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” for the International Visitors Center of Chicago and the US Department of State, Chicago, IL, 2008

“Darfur,” with the Lost Boys of Sudan, for the Nielsen Company, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL, 2007

“Why International Studies?” for Sigma Iota Rho Coffee Talk, Loyola University, Chicago, IL, 2007

“US Iraq War Costs,” for the American Friends Service Committee, Chicago, IL, 2007

“Critical Perspectives on U.S. Foreign Policy: The Global War on Terror and its Domestic Implications,” for the Committee to Resist “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week,” DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 2007

“NOW WHAT? U.S. Policy in the Middle East,” for Illinois State University Global Review, Normal, IL, 2007

“Beyond Extremism, Toward Peace: Scenarios in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” for Glenview Community Church, Glenview, IL, 2006.

“The Current Middle East Situation and the Role of Religion in its Conflicts,” for Winnetka Congregational Church, “Muslim, Christian Jew: Common Ground or Irreconcilable Differences?” Winnetka, IL, 2006.

“What Happened to Two States? Talking Peace for Israelis and Palestinians,” for Elmhurst College Global Engagement Initiative, Elmhurst, IL, 2006.

“Is One State the Answer for Israelis and Palestinians?” for Common Ground Lectures, Deerfield, IL, 2006

“Darfur and the Role of Islam,” for the Faculty Lecture on Sudan/Darfur at Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 2006

“Full and Equal Citizenship: Living up to Israel’s Declaration of Independence,” for the Faculty Luncheon at Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL, 2006



The Arab Lobby and US Foreign Policy: The Two-State Solution (New York: Routledge, 2010)

Middle East Conflicts: The Basics (London: Taylor & Francis, 2017)

Articles, Chapters, & Invited Contributions

“Uphill On the Hill: Ethnic Lobbying After the Arab Winter,” Colton C. Campbell, Jim Thurber, and Dave Dulio (eds), Ethnic Lobbying in Congress (Utica: State University of New York Press, 2017).

“Allies in Flux: American Policy after the Arab Spring” Air and Space Power Journal, African and Francophonie, (Volume 6, Issue 4, Winter, 2015).

“Globalizing American Race Relations: Terrorism & NAACP,” in The New West, Western Political Science Association, March 30, 2015;

“From Ajjur to America: Rootedness in Diaspora,” in Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora (Edinburgh, Scotland: Polygon at Edinburgh, 2015).

“President Obama and American Exceptionalism: Is the US an Indispensable Nation in a Multipolar World?” with Greg Streich, in Dinesh Sharma (ed.), Obama at the Crossroads of Globalization: A New American Century or the Post-American World (New York: Routledge, 2014).

“The Arab League and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” in Cheryl A. Rubenberg (ed.), Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (New York: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010.

Book Reviews

“Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World” by Akbar S. Ahmad (Book Review), Interreligious Insight: A Journal of Dialogue and Engagement, 2007

“Devil’s Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam” by Robert Dreyfuss (Book Review), Interreligious Insight: A Journal of Dialogue and Engagement, 2007

“Faith at War: A Journey on the Frontlines of Islam, from Baghdad to Timbuktu” by Yaroslav Trofimov (Book Review), Interreligious Insight: A Journal of Dialogue and Engagement, 2006

“No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam” by Reza Aslan (Book Review), Interreligious Insight: A Journal of Dialogue and Engagement, 2006

“The One-State Solution: A Breakthrough for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Deadlock” by Virginia Tilley (Book Review), Interreligious Insight: A Journal of Dialogue and Engagement, 2006

“Incoherent Empire,” by Michael Mann (Book Review), Southern Humanities Review, 2006

“The Iraq War: A Military History,” by Williamson Murray and Major General Robert H. Scales, Jr. (Book Review), Southern Humanities Review, 2006

“Globalization and Terrorism: The Migration of Dreams and Nightmares,” by Jamal R. Nassar (Book Review), Journal of Asian and African Studies, 2005

“Politicide: Ariel Sharon’s War against the Palestinians,” by Baruch Kimmerling (Book Review), Southern Humanities Review, 2004


Midwest Political Science Association

International Studies Association

Western Political Science Association


Southern Political Science Association

American Political Science Association

Illinois Political Science Association

University of Minnesota Conference on Political Theory in Dark Times


International Studies Association-Midwest

Illinois Conference for Students of Political Science

University of Chicago Middle East History and Theory Conference

Illinois State University Teaching and Learning Symposium

New Political Science, American Political Science Association

Phi Theta Kappa

Pi Sigma Alpha

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