Stephen Humphreys

Stephen Humphreys
Professor Emeritus

Office Location

HSSB 4259


PhD, University of Michigan


Stephen Humphreys is a Professor in the Department of History at the University of California at Santa Barbara. His teaching and research interests range broadly across Middle Eastern history from the rise of Islam down to the present. These interests include the formative period of Islam (ca. 600-900 CE), the ways in which Muslim peoples have defined themselves and their cultural identities through their historical writing, the medieval Mediterranean world, the Crusades (a distinctly European phenomenon which had a considerable impact in the eastern Mediterranean), the international relations of the Middle East in the 20th century, and contemporary Islamist movements. In pursuit of these interests, he has lived and traveled extensively in the Middle East, as well as many parts of Europe and Asia. Stephen’s most recent publications include: Spanish translation of “Between Memory and Desire,” titled, Entre la memoria y el deseo. Oriente Medio en una epoca turbulent (Legado andalusi, 2009) and a concise biography of one of the most intriguing and controversial of the early caliphs (reigned 660-680) titled, Mu’awiya ibn Abi Sufyan: From Arabia to Empire (OneWorld, 2006).