In September 1998,
the University of Miami announced the creation of the Sue and
Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies and appointed
Dr. Haim Shaked as its Founding Director. Dr. Shaked has also
served, since 1986, as the Director of the Middle East Studies
Institute and is the incumbent of the Dr. M. Lee Pearce Chair
in Middle East Peace Studies. Since 1995, Dr. Shaked has been
involved in the creation of the first private (not-for-profit)
university in Israel: The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliyya.
Haim Shaked was
born in Tel Aviv, Israel (1939). He was educated at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem, where he graduated with a B.A. Cum
Laude (1962) and an M.A. Cum Laude (1966) in Middle
Eastern and Islamic Studies. In 1969 he was awarded a Ph.D.
by the University of London’s School of Oriental and African
Studies (SOAS), on completion of his studies in its Department
of History, chaired then by Professor Bernard Lewis.
Dr. Shaked was on the faculty of Tel Aviv University where he
attained the rank of Full Professor (tenured). He was a co-founder
and later (1973-80) Head of the Moshe Dayan Center/Shiloah Institute
for Middle Eastern and African Studies. He also served at Tel
Aviv University as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and member
of the Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee (1975-80).
He took early retirement from the University in Summer, 1998.
Dr. Shaked was Interim Director of the Center for Advanced International
Studies at the University of Miami, with a mandate to develop
it into a Graduate School of International Studies. In 1998
it became the School of International Studies and then, in 2001,
the Department of International Studies in the UM’s College
of Arts and Sciences.
academic specialization is in the modern history and politics
of the Middle East, Islam as a political force, and Arab-Israeli
relations. He was the co-founder and editor of the annual publication Middle East Contemporary Survey (24 volumes published
to date). In addition, he founded and edited the first fully
computerized, comprehensive bibliography on the Middle East, Mideast File. He has also authored and edited several
books and numerous articles about the Middle East.
For over three decades,
Haim Shaked has been invited to participate as keynote speaker,
lecturer or scholar-in-residence at classes, seminars, panels,
lecture series, briefings, colloquia symposia and conferences
on the Middle East held in Israel, England, Canada, Mexico,
India, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Jordan, Puerto
Rico and the United States. Professor Shaked has also served
as a consultant on the Middle East to private and governmental