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Paul L. Sidelko

Sidelko, Paul


History, International Studies, Politics and Media, Politics/Public Policy


Medieval and modern periods of history of Middle East, North Africa, Turkey, Mediterranean, the Arab Spring, Islamic societies, Muslims in USA, Arab-Israeli conflict, Iran and Iraq, Middle East during WWI, WWII and the Cold War, Crusade and Jihad

Degree: Ph.D.

Title: Professor

Department: History


Office Phone: 303-615-1164

Mobile Phone: 248-225-8101


Paul L. Sidelko, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of History at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He teaches courses in medieval Europe, world of Islam and modern Middle East.

Sidelko has over 20 years of experience teaching history at the university level. Prior to MSU Denver, he taught at the University of Toronto, University of New Mexico, University of Colorado Denver, University of Louisville and Grand Valley State University. Sidelko has been teaching at MSU Denver since 2006 having started as an assistant professor and promoted to full professor starting in August 2019. He is the treasurer of Fulbright Association of Colorado and member of the Mediterranean Seminar, Medieval Academy of America and Middle East Studies Association.

His research focuses on medieval and modern periods of history of Middle East and North Africa regions including Turkey, the Mediterranean, the Arab Spring, Islamic societies, Muslims in USA, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Iran and Iraq, as well as the Middle East during WWI, WWII and the Cold War and Crusade and Jihad. Sidelko has authored several publications including the “Review of ‘The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In.’” in the Journal of Military History in 2009 and a chapter titled “The Survival of Muslim Administration” in the book titled “Tolerance and Intolerance: Social Relations in the Latin East” in 2000. He has given a number of presentations on campus, around U.S., Spain and Greece on his areas of expertise.

Sidelko received his doctorate in history with emphasis on medieval European and Islamic periods and a master’s in medieval studies from University of Toronto in 1998 and 1992 respectively and a bachelor’s in medieval studies with emphasis on history from Swarthmore College in 1989.

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