| June 21, 1945 (age 71) (1945-06-21) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
B.A, Rutgers University
M.A. Georgetown University
PHD University of Alberta
Author, Columnist, Editor, Professor
Islamic Fundamentalism. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998.
Cultural Genocide. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2012.
Locus Award for Best Art Book
Foreign Policy - Inc: Privatizin, America's Palestine, Pulp Culture: The Art of, Islamic Fundamentalism: An Introd, Cultural Genocide
Lawrence Davidson is a retired professor of history from West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Islamic Fundamentalism, Cultural Genocide and has focused his academic research on American foreign relations with the Middle East.
Lawrence Davidson Wikipedia
Davidson was born to a secular Jewish household in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1945. He attended Rutgers University from 1963–1967 where he earned his bachelor's degree in history. While attending Rutgers, Davidson developed a leftist identify to the problems facing the US in the 1960s.
In 1967, Davidson was accepted into Georgetown University Master's program where he studied modern European intellectual history under the Palestinian expatriate professor Hisham Sharabi. During his time at Georgetown University (1969–1970), Davidson became one of the founding members of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at Georgetown University at the height of the Vietnam Conflict.
In 1970, with the breakup of the SDS, Davidson left the United States for Canada. He spent the next six years at the University of Alberta in Edmonton where he earned his PhD (1976) in modern European Intellectual history.
After returning to the United States in the mid 1970s, Davidson spent several years as an adjunct instructor at various colleges and universities, as well as working for a time as a middle manager at Alexian Brothers Health Systems Catholic hospital in St. Louis.Subsequently, he was contracted to write the history of Alexian Brothers’ oldest hospital. This led to his first book length work, The Alexian Brothers of Chicago (1990).
In 1989, Davidson joined the faculty of history at West Chester University as a tenure track professor where he taught Middle East history, the history of science, and modern European intellectual history. He remained at this institution for 27 years and maintained a productive publishing record. He retired from WCU in May of 2013.
Currently, Davidson writes for his Blog " To The Point Analyses" and is a contributing editor for Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture. Davidson is a board member of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, alongside such notables as Hamid Dabashi, Ilan Pappé, Michel Shehadeh, and honorary advisory board member Desmond Tutu.
In 2012, Davidson wrote the book "Cultural Genocide". Davidson defines cultural genocide as the ‘purposeful destructive targeting of out-group cultures so as to destroy or weaken them in the process of conquest or domination.’Davidson, Lawrence. The Alexian Brothers of Chicago: An Evolutionary Look at the Monastery and Modern Health Care. New York: Vantage Press, 1990.
Davidson, Lawrence. Islamic Fundamentalism. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1998.
Davidson, Lawrence. America's Palestine: Popular and Official Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli Statehood. Gainesville, FL: U of Florida, 2001.
Davidson, Lawrence. Foreign Policy, Inc.: Privatizing America's National Interest. Lexington: U of Kentucky, 2009.
Goldschmidt, Arthur, Lawrence Davidson, and Tom Weiner. A Concise History of the Middle East. Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 2002.
Davidson, Lawrence. Cultural Genocide. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2012.