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Foreign Service Professors Awarded for Recent Books

Charles King

Charles King

February 7, 2011 – Two professors in the School of Foreign Service recently received awards for their books – one on the history of the Eastern European town of Odessa, the other on displaced Palestinians during the late 1940s.

Charles King, author of Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams (W. W. Norton, 2011), has been named a 2011 National Jewish Book Award winner by the Jewish Book Council. The council will award him with the JDC-Herbert Katzki Award for writing based on archival material during a gala and awards ceremony March 24 in New York.

The scholar of Eastern European studies explores the history the of the port city – its large Jewish population and the effects of the vicious pogroms that killed many of them.  

Rochell Davis

Rochelle Davis

Meanwhile, the Middle East Studies Association named Rochelle Davis the co-winner of the Albert Hourani Book Award for her book, Palestinian Village Histories: Geographies of the Displaced (Stanford University Press, 2010).

Davis, an assistant professor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, received the honor in December during the association’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

The book examines how Palestinians were displaced from their villages during the first Arab-Israeli War in the late 1940s. She notes how many of them carried their towns’ family histories, memories, traditions and possessions into “village memorial books” to pass down to future generations.

For more information about the books, see SFS Professor Details Highs and Lows of Odessa and Recent Book Explores History of Palestinians’ Displacement

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