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R. Thomas Bobal

Visiting Lecturer
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2011
phone: 404-413-5896

Dr. Bobal originally hails from Eastern Pennsylvania. He is both a cultural historian and a historian of foreign relations. He is particularly interested in probing the nexus between culture and foreign relations, in deciphering how ideas about race, class, gender, and religion influenced interactions between different nations and peoples, and vice-versa. He received a Bachelor's degree in history from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master's degree in history from Boston College. His Ph.D is from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Bobal is currently working on a manuscript entitled "Stand Up and Be Counted: Race, Religion, and the Eisenhower Administration's Encounter with Arab Nationalism." It explores how American ideas about race and religion guided the American decision to oppose Gamal Abdel Nasser and the Arab Nationalist movement and its efforts to promote King Saud of Saudi Arabia as a regional leader.