As Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Network Faculty Planning, Zvi is responsible for the coordination of faculty hiring at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, including full time tenure-track faculty at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai; joint tenure-track faculty between NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai, and NYU in New York; faculty fellows at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai; visiting faculty at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, and global network professors. In addition, Zvi coordinates the assignments of faculty based in New York to affiliated faculty positions at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai and NYU's global sites, in full consultation with the relevant deans and department chairs, and Site Specific Advisory Committees.
Zvi is also Professor in the Department of History and the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Faculty of Arts & Science, teaching courses on Asian history during and after the Mongol period and on Islam in the World. He studied Chinese history in Jerusalem, in China, and later at UCLA where he completed his PhD in early modern Chinese history. Zvi has served as Director of the History Department’s MA program in World History, as Acting Director of the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, and as Chair of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Specializing in Chinese and Islamic History, Zvi’s research centers on the interaction between religions in world history and cultural exchanges across space and time. He is the author of The Dao of Muhammad: A Cultural History of Muslims in Late Imperial China (Harvard, 2005); The Ten Lost Tribes: A World History (Oxford, 2009); and more recently, an edited volume on Middle Eastern Jewish Thought (Brandeis, 2013); an edited volume on Sovereignty (forthcoming with Columbia University Press); and a monograph entitled Crescent China: Islam and Nation after Empire (forthcoming with Oxford).
Prior to joining NYU in 2003, Dr. Ben-Dor Benite taught at Boston and Rutgers University. Zvi’s undergraduate degree is from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem (East Asian Studies) and he also studied at Shandong University, China. He holds a Ph.D. in history from UCLA (2000).
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