Professor of Political Science
After winning the National Bible Contest in 1970, William Miles traveled to Israel in 1971 to represent the U.S. and Canada in the International Bible Contest. He earned his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy before joining the Political Science department at Northeastern University, where he teaches on Comparative Politics, Religion and Politics, and Political Culture. From 1998 to 2002, he was the Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies. He has also been a visiting research scholar at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Prof. Miles’s Zion in the Desert: American Jews in Israel’s Reform Kibbutzim (SUNY Press, 2007) and Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic Odyssey (Princeton: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2013) were both finalists for the National Jewish Book Award. In addition to publishing on Israeli elections, Zionism and transnationalism, Jerusalem border tours, French Caribbean and French Canadian Jewry, and Judaic Africa and Oceania, he has pioneered the study of Third World Views of the Holocaust. His popular-themed articles have appeared in Hadassah, Midstream, The Forward, Moment Magazine, and New Vilna Review. His most recent book is Afro-Jewish Encounters: From Timbuktu to the Indian Ocean and Beyond (Princeton: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2014).