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Professor Stephen Keck


Emirates Diplomatic Academy

Stephen Keck is Academic Director and Professor of History at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) in the UAE. Before assuming the role of the EDA’s first Academic Director, he taught at the American University of Sharjah, UAE, the National University of Singapore, and the College of Charleston, USA. At the EDA, he teaches ‘Empires to Nations: Remaking the International State System in the 20th Century, 1914-1991’ and the ‘End of the Ottoman Empire and the Reshaping of the Middle East’.

Stephen has published books including British Burma in the New Century, 1895-1918 (2015) and Sir Arthur Helps and the Making of Victorianism (2013). Most recently he has been a co-editor of Western Higher Education in Asia and the Middle East: Politics, Economics and Pedagogy (2017). His publications have also appeared in The Asian Journal of Social Science, The Journal of Burma Studies, The Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, The Journal of Victorian Literature and Culture and Suvannabhumi.

He is currently working on a study of John Ruskin’s historical thought, and his other research interests are focused upon Britain’s engagement with Southeast Asia, cultural diplomacy in the British empire 1850-1950, and Victorian and Edwardian encounters with the Ottoman Empire.

Stephen is committed to promoting historical scholarship which eschews current fads, but works to recover overlooked perspectives and subjects which might otherwise be lost to future generations. Beyond the classroom, Stephen enjoys co-hosting programs about history as a guest on Dubai Eye 103.8.