Chatham University

Political Science Faculty and Staff

Christina Michelmore
Professor Emerita of History
Hometown : Pittsburgh, PA

Academic Areas of Interest

Modern Middle East History, African History, World History, Arab Experience in America, and Historical and Contemporary Images of Muslims in the Western World


Dr. Christina Michelmore has a BA from Smith College and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, both in History. She is currently the chairperson of the History Department at Chatham College, a women's college in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Dr. Michelmore’s field of specialization is modern Middle Eastern history; she also teaches African and world history. Research interests include the Arab experience in America, and historical and contemporary images of Muslims in the Western world. Dr. Michelmore spent 6 years living and working in the Middle East – in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Pakistan. As part of Chatham's program of international study, she has led study tours to Egypt, Morocco, and Turkey. Dr. Michelmore is a frequent speaker on the historical background of current developments in the Middle East and the wider Muslim world. In 2006, the Pennsylvania Council for International Education awarded Dr. Michelmore the Outstanding International Educator Award.


  • BA. History (1969), Smith College, Northampton, MA
  • Ph.D. History (1983), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Turkish, Columbia University, New York, NY (summer, 1970)
  • Arabic, Center for Arabic Studies, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt (1971-72)
  • Foreign Area Fellowship program, Ford Foundation, dissertation research in Egypt (1973-1975); Associate of American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt (1973-1975). Research in Dar al-Kuttab, Egyptian National Archives
  • Junior Associate Fellow, St. Antony's College, Oxford University, Oxford England (1972
  • Wye Faculty Seminar, July 2005
  • Yad Vashem, Seminar for the Study of the Holocaust in Israel, summer, 1995
  • National Defense Language Fellowships, Arabic (1970-72);
  • NEH Harvard Summer Institute for the Study of World Religions, 1988


  • Christina W. Michelmore, " Terrorism Has Causes," in Perspectives, Thoughtful Commentary on Contemporary Issues, Robert Morris University, spring, 2003.
  • Christina W. Michelmore, "Old Picture in New Frames: Images of Islam and Muslims in Post World War II American Political Cartoons," in Journal of American and Comparative Culture, Vol. 23, No. 4, Winter 2000, pp 37-50
  • Christina W. Michelmore and Karen Dajani, “Islam in Time, 1944-1994” Studies in Popular Culture, October 1999
  • Christina W. Michelmore, with Charlotte Lott, Marilyn Sullivan-Cosetti, and Joe Wister, "Learning Through Service, A Faculty Perspective,” Liberal Education, Winter 1996.


  • 2005-2006 Pennsylvania Council for International Education, David A. Portlock Outstanding International Educator Award
  • 2004 Chatham College Buhl Professorship
  • 2003 Jane Burger Award for Excellence in Academic Advising,
  • 1997 Chatham College Buhl Professorship (awarded “to that member of the faculty who has most distinguished himself or herself in teaching, creative effort and outstanding contribution to the College)


  • The Mid-Atlantic World History Association.
  • The World History Association
  • The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania
  • Middle East Studies Association


  • Book Review Editor, World History Bulletin, 1999-2002
  • Pittsburgh Holocaust Commission Board member. 1998-2002
  • World Affairs Council secondary school outreach programs, and Summer Institutes, 1995 to present
  • Consultant, Gateway School District, Gateway High School, Social Studies Curriculum Project. Two year workshop and development program for integrating American and World History curricula, 1996-97
  • Visiting professor, University of Alexandria, Egypt, January-April 2009
  • Egypt, June-July 2007, Fulbright-Hays: Group Projects Abroad Program, Islam, the West and the Muslim World, June-July 2007
  • Jerusalem, Israel (June-July 1995) Study at Yad Vashem Institute
  • Lahore, Pakistan (1990) Research at the Institute for South Asian Studies, University of Punjab
  • Five years working and living in the Middle East (1974-1978), Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon


  • “Islam without Borders? A Comparison of Hizb al-Tahrir and the Progressive Muslim Network,” World History Association, June 2007 National Conference. Accepted but presentation cancelled because of Fulbright to Egypt.
  • Empire of the Sultans, An Historical Introduction." Frick Museum, Lecture opening the traveling art exhibit of the Khalili collection, December, 2003.
  • “Service Learning in Social Work,” Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Annual Continuing Education Conference, March 25, 2000.
  • “New Pictures in Old Frames, Images of Muslims in American Political Cartoons,” Winter Forum Lectures Series, Sweetbriar College, February 9, 2000.
  • Faculty development workshop, Integrating Service learning into discipline-based courses, Seton Hill, November 1998.
  • Institute for Service Learning Seminar, Faculty development workshop for Seton Hall faculty receiving grants to incorporate service learning in discipline-based courses. Seton Hall, May 19, 1998
  • “The Place of the Industrial Revolution in World History: David Landes’s The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, Panel at the Mid-Atlantic World History Association, September 26, 1998
  • “World Civilizations or World System, Shifting Paradigms in World History, Roundtable of the Mid-Atlantic World History Association, September 27-28, 1997.
  • Service Learning in discipline-Based Courses: A Faculty Perspective ” AAC&U Conference, Community Service and Service Learning: Working for Democracy, Diversity and Citizenship, Waltham, MA, May 29-31, 1997
  • Faculty Colloquium on Service-Learning. Frostburg University, Frostburg, MD, February 27, 1996.
  • Measuring the Impact of Service Learning on Student Development and Behavior,” conference Proceedings, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, December 3-5, 1995.
  • Service Learning in a Liberal Arts College,” presented at the Pennsylvania Campus compact annual Conference, Harrisburg PA, September 30, 1995
  • Putting Service-Learning in Liberal Arts Courses,” Panel discussion, National Alliance conference June 1995. I also led the workshop for history and political science faculty on creating Service-Learning courses.
  • “Images of Turkish Women in Pre-War Western Travel Narratives” presented, with Katherine Rahman, at the Middle East Studies Association, November, 1994
  • Old Pictures in New Frames: Images of Muslims in American Political Cartoons,” delivered at the Third World Studies Conference, October 8, 1993 and in slightly different form at the Duquesne History Forum, October 14, 1993
  • “The Arabic-Speaking community of Pittsburgh: Issues of Communal Identity and Assimilation” presented at the Middle Atlantic Historical Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, March 27, 1993