Assistant Professor History
Office: 212G Spotts World
Phone: (724) 738-4913
Fax: (724) 738-4762
Spring 2014 Office Hours
9:00 am - 10:45 am
8:00 am - 9:45 am
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Dr. Tuten's specialty is modern Middle East history, with an emphasis on the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He also teaches Jewish history and modern World history. His research interests are (1) land tenure in the Middle East and Palestine/Israel and (2) nationalism in the Middle East, particularly Zionism and Palestinian Arab nationalism. Related to his work, Dr. Tuten has visited Egypt, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Jordan, and England. During his six-month stay in Iraq (2005) he was working for the US government.
Dr. Tuten's book, Between Capital and Land: The Jewish National Fund's Finances and Land-Purchase Priorities in Palestine, 1939-1945, was published in 2005 by RoutledgeCurzon as part of its Israeli History, Politics and Society series.
This book shows how the Jewish National Fund proved to be flexible in its fundraising to obtain its land-purchase objectives during the Second World War. It provides a detailed examination of the Jewish National Fund's internal development and analyzes the relationship between Jewish National Fund finances and land purchase priorities. A valuable addition to recent re-evaluations of Israeli history and institutions, this book will be of interest to those researching Palestinian history, Jewish and Israeli history and the history of the modern Middle East.
Excerpts of reviews of Between Capital and Land
"as one of the few archive-based studies of the JNF, Between Capital and Land should be carried by libraries and consulted by interested specialists and students."
--Geremy Forman (Department of Geography, Hebrew University of Jerusalem), International Journal of Middle East Studies 38, No.2 (May 2006), 318-319.
"This book is a welcome addition to the limited but growing body of studies of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) by independent researchers, supplementing an extensive in-house literature by JNF staff and supporters."
--Walter Lehn, Journal of Palestine Studies 35, No.3 (April 2006), 122-123.
Dr. Tuten is married with two boys. Along with spending time with his family and friends, he loves music (eclectic, but deeply into jazz), reading outside his field (when he has time), sports (tennis, golf, football, basketball), and anything that flies (from paper airplanes to RCs).