Eric E. Tuten, Ph.D., University of Utah
303 B Spotts World Culture Building
I have been at SRU since 2006. Before arriving at SRU, I taught history and religious courses at Brigham Young University for six years and then worked for the US government as a political analyst focusing on Middle East issues. While with the government, I spent six months in Iraq in 2005. I have also spent time in Israel/Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, Spain, and England, and, in summer of 2011, I taught world history and cultures at Kangwon National University, Chuncheon campus, in South Korea.
Areas of Specialty, Courses Taught, & Research Interests: My main area of specialty is modern Middle East history, with an emphasis on the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I also teach courses in Jewish and world history and in Holocaust/Genocide Studies. I teach the following courses on a regular rotation:
- Middle East—
- HIST 462 The Contemporary Middle East
- HIST 463 Israel—History, State, and Society (dealing with the modern state of Israel
- Graduate-level courses
- HIST 585 Modern Middle East
- HIST 662 The Arabs and Israel
- World History/Holocaust and Genocide Studies—
- HIST 152 Early Modern to Contemporary World
- HIST 371 History of the Jews (introductory from ancient to nineteenth century)
- HIST 406 Mass Killing (Massacre) and Genocide in the Modern World
- Graduate-level course (currently developing)
- HIST 606 Mass Killing (Massacre) and Genocide in the Modern World
- Introductory Freshman Courses
- HIST 139 Foundations of Academic Discovery
- HIST 180 Spotlight on the Past: Holocaust
Research fields:land tenure in the Middle East and Palestine/Israel; nationalism in the Middle East, particularly Zionism and Palestinian Arab nationalism; meanings and uses of land in the Israeli-Palestinian experience and in world history.
MESRU and Holocaust Remembrance
I was a founding member of the Center for Middle East Studies at SRU (the MESRU Center) and have served as a member of the Executive Committee ever since, contributing to the Center’s goals by occasionally organizing speakers and participating on panels (see MESRU).
I am also the Director of SRU’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Program (HRP). We bring a speaker to campus in the spring to address the SRU and broader community and local high school students. In spring 2022, we officially named the speaking event The Richard T. Martin Presentation on the Holocaust, in honor of former and, sadly, now deceased, Political Science professor Richard Martin (1950-2019), who directed the program for some 20 plus years during his tenure at SRU.
In recent years, we have expanded the HRP to include Holocaust-related music and film.
Family and Interests
I live with my wife Alexandra (Alex) and one stepson in Slippery Rock, PA. Between us, we have six sons (joined families); I brought two to the mix and Alex brought four. When I’m not at work or spending time with my family and friends, I enjoy
- Music: I’m very eclectic, but I’m deeply into jazz in all its varieties (from Dixieland/New Orlean jazz, through swing, bop, cool, hard bop, to fusion, avant-garde, and free jazz); “roots” and “classic” rock; and classical music in all its varieties
- Reading broadly, both inside and outside my field; I especially have a layman’s interest in physics and astronomy
- Sports (all racquet/paddle sports, but I’m addicted to playing Pickleball; football; baseball; basketball)
- Anything that flies (from paper airplanes to RCs).