June 11, 2004

Massad, Joseph
[CLME W3042] Palestinian and Israeli Politics and Societies

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Prof. Massad is one of the best professors at Columbia. Always approachable and always kind to his students, Prof. Massad created an intellectually serious and open climate in the class.
At no point in the class did Prof. Massad ever compromise his unfailing opposition to racism, anti-Semitism and colonialism. It is unclear how this could not be entirely obvious to anyone who took Prof. Massad's class, unless they failed to complete the required readings or to attend the lectures and discussion sections.
I strongly recommend taking any class that Prof. Massad is teaching, even (or particularly) if you are not majoring or concentrating in MEALAC (like myself) -- you will learn things in his classes that go far beyond their express subject matter. This is perhaps the most worthwhile class that I have taken at Columbia.