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Occupation  Professor emeritus
Genre  nonfiction

Name  Alan Dowty
Role  Author
Alan Dowty
Born  January 15, 1940 (age 75) (1940-01-15)
Alma mater  Shimer College; University of Chicago
Subject  international relations
Education  Shimer College, University of Chicago
Books  Closed borders, Israel/Palestine, Israel / Palestine, The Jewish State, Middle East Crisis: US Deci

Alan Dowty

Alan Dowty (born January 15, 1940) is an American author and Professor of Political Science Emeritus, University of Notre Dame. He was formerly Kahanoff Chair Professor of Israel Studies at the University of Calgary, 2003-2006, and President of the Association for Israel Studies, 2005-2007.


His recent work focuses on Israeli politics and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Ira Sharkansky of The Hebrew University calls Dowty's "The Jewish State: A Century Later," "the most thorough and sensitive assessment of Israel's democracy that I have seen."

Early life and education

Dowty earned a B.A. from Shimer College (1959) and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1963). He returned to Shimer to teach for a time in 1966, and as of 2010 is the vice president of the Shimer College Alumni Association.


  • The Limits of American Isolation, (New York University Press, 1971)
  • Middle East Crisis: U.S. Decision Making in 1958, 1970, and 1973, (University of California Press, 1984)
  • Closed Borders: The Contemporary Assault on Freedom of Movement, (Yale University Press, 1987)
  • The Jewish State: A Century Later, (University of California Press, 1998, 2001)
  • Israel/Palestine, (Polity Press, 2005, 2008)
  • References

    Alan Dowty Wikipedia

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