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Kirk Beattie came to Simmons in 1985 after receiving his MA and PhD in Political Science from The University of Michigan. His undergraduate education was completed at Kalamazoo College, where he majored in Political Science and minored in French. Beattie specializes in comparative politics with regional expertise in Middle East and West European politics. A recipient of numerous national scholarships including a Fulbright-Hays grant, an International Rotary Foundation Fellowship, an American Research Center in Egypt grant, and a Center for Arabic Study Abroad fellowship, he resided in Egypt and France for many years and is fluent in Egyptian Arabic and French. Beattie made annual contributions to Collier's Year Book with articles on Egypt and Tunisia. He is the author of two books on Egyptian politics, Egypt During the Nasser Years (Westview Press, 1994) and Egypt During the Sadat Years (St. Martin's Press, 2001). His research focuses on the struggle between rival political ideological currents and the impact of that struggle on political and economic development. He is also a longtime student of the Arab-Israeli conflict and is consulted by the media on this issue. He is currently working on a project exploring U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East.
Professor Beattie is also associated with the honors program teaching the course, Islam and the West.