Department Chair

  • James C. Harrison
    Professor of History
    Kiernan Hall 228

Karl Barbir, Ph.D.

Professor of History
Fall 2013 Office Hours: MWF 9:00-10:00, T/Th 11:15-12:15.
220 Kiernan Hall
Siena College
515 Loudon Road
Loudonville, NY 12211
(518) 783-2355
M.A., Ph.D. Princeton University
B.A., M.A. American University of Beirut
Dr. Barbir has been at Siena since 1977. His specialty is Islamic and Middle Eastern history. His first book, Ottoman Rule in Damascus, 1708-1758, was published with Princeton University Press in 1980. His most recent book is a co-edited collection (with Baki Tezcan of University of California-Davis) of essays honoring Dr. Barbir’s mentor, Norman Itzkowitz, and is entitled Identity and Identity Formation in the Ottoman World (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2007). In 2008, Pearson Longman of London published The Arab Lands Under Ottoman Rule, 1516-1800, written by Jane Hathaway and with contributions by Dr. Barbir.
Dr. Barbir has taught Middle Eastern History, World History, the Shaping of the Contemporary World, the Proseminar in History, the History Capstone, and many honors seminars. Other positions that he has held at Siena include: Director of Academic Advising, 1986-1989; Chair, Department of History, May 1993-May 1999; Chair, Faculty Committee (Faculty Senate), 1995-1997; Co-Director, Siena World War II Conference, 2001-2006; and Founding Director, Siena College Honors Program, 2002-2004.
Currently, Dr. Barbir is reconsidering the historiography of the Ottoman reform movement of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Dr. Barbir’s picture shows him with his youngest grandson, Blake Riley, in 2008.