Farid Abdel-Nour


Office: NH 110 | Phone: (619) 594-6598 | Email: [email protected]

Farid Abdel-Nour received his Ph.D. in Political Science in 1999 from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. He joined the Political Science Department at SDSU in 2000, and currently serves as Department Chair. He is also a core faculty member of the Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies which he has directed from 2002 to 2006, from 2010 to 2012, and Fall 2019. From Fall 2016- Spring 2018 Abdel-Nour served as the Bruce E. Porteous endowed professor in Political Science and directed the Charles Hostler Institute on World Affairs in an honorary capacity.

His research and teaching interests are in Political Theory and Middle East Politics. His scholarly work focuses on the responsibility that ordinary citizens bear for outcomes brought about by their states. He has a special interest in Israeli-Palestinian relations.

Abdel-Nour teaches “History of Western Political Thought” (301B), “Modern Political Thought” (302), “Government and Politics of the Middle East” (363), “Contemporary Political Thought” (510), “Internship in Local Politics” (495), “Senior Thesis” (497A and 497B), the “Graduate Seminar in Political Theory” (605), and the “Graduate Seminar in Politics” with an emphasis on Arab politics (630).

  • 1 Year Ago Israel Killed Shireen Abu Akleh. We Won’t Forget Her, or the Nakbatruthout May 11, 2023
  • Review of Avia Pasternak's Responsible Citizens, Irresponsible States: Should Citizens Pay for Their State's Wrongdoings? The Review of Politics (Summer 2022) Vol. 28, 3, pp. 465-467
  • Responsibility for Structural Injustice. Ethics & Global Politics, 2018 Vol 11 (1) 13-21.
  • High Stakes for Palestinians: Israel as “the State of the Jewish People’?” E-International Relations October 24, 2017.
  • “Responsible for the State: the Case of Obedient Subjects.” The European Journal of Political Theory, 2016 Vol 15(3) 259-275
  • Irreconcilable Narratives and Overlapping Consensus: The Jewish State and the Palestinian Right of Return.” Political Research Quarterly (March) 2015. Vol. 68. No. 1, pp. 117-127.
  • As If They Could be Brought to Account:  How Athenians Managed the Political Unaccountability of Citizens,” coauthored with Brad. L. Cook.  History of Political Thought.  (July) 2014.   Vol. XXXV. No. 3, pp. 436-457 
  • “From Critic to Cheerleader: the clarifying example of Benny Morris’ conversion.” Holy Land Studies. 12:1 May 2013. 
  • “Owning the Misdeeds of Japan’s wartime regime.” In Inherited Responsibility and Historical Reconciliation in East Asia. Eds. Jun-Hyeok Kwak and Melissa Nobles. New York. Routledge. 2013. 
  • Introduction and Translation from the Arabic of Muhammad Abed al-Jabri’s “Authenticity and Contemporaneity in Modern and Contemporary Arab Thought.” Contemporary Arab Affairs4:2, 2011. 
  • “Inheriting Political Responsibility after a Change in Regime”. Journal of Asiatic Studies 53:2, 2010. 
  • “To the Bone: A Reflection on Identity.” In Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism. Eds. Hillel Schenker and Ziad Abu Zayyad. Princeton, Markus Wiener Publishers, 2006. 
  • “An International Ethics of Evil?” International Relations 18:4, 2004. 
  • “Responsibility and National Memory.” International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society 17:3, 2004. 
  • “Farewell to Justification: Habermas, Human Rights, and Universalist Morality.” Philosophy and Social Criticism 30:1, 2004. 
  • “National Responsibility.” Political Theory 31:5, 2003. 
  • “Liberalism and Ethnocentrism.” The Journal of Political Philosophy 8:2. 2000. 
  • “From Arm's Length to Intrusion: Rawls's 'The Law of Peoples' and the Challenge of Stability.” Journal of Politics 61:2, 1999.