About the Acting Director


Dr. Martin Bunton
is joining the Centre for Global Studies as Acting Director from July 2021-June 2022. Martin has held the Acting Director position twice before, from July 2016-June 2017 and from January 2015-July 2015. When he is not in the role of Acting Director, Martin holds the Chair of the CFGS Program Committee.

Martin is a Professor in the Department of History with a focus on modern Middle Eastern history, world history, and colonial land policies. The bulk of Martin's teaching has been in the field of modern Middle Eastern history, and he is especially interested in studying the history of the region in its global context. His first book focused on the making and remaking of colonial land policies in Palestine during the interwar period. The book is organised around two main themes: the legacy of Ottoman administrative practices and the borrowing of policies developed elsewhere in the British empire. These same themes also frame his organisation of the nine-volume collection of primary sources on land legislation in Palestine. His current research explores the development of land policies in Egypt during the period of British rule, 1882-1920, with a focus on land taxation, cadastral surveys, state lands, and agricultural credit.

Selected publications


  • Colonialism and the Modern World:  Selected Studies (o‑edited with G. Blue and R. Croizier). M.E. Sharpe, 2002. 
  • Colonial Land Policies in Palestine, 1917-1936. Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Land Legislation in Mandate Palestine (8 Volumes with Map Box edited set of primary sources). Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • A History of the Modern Middle East, 6th edition  (co-authored with the late William L. Cleveland). Westview Press, 2016.

Selected Publications:

  • “Inventing a Tradition: Conformation to Ottoman Land Laws in British Palestine, 1917‑1936” in International History Review (March 1998).
  • “Demarcating the British Colonial State: Land Settlement in the Jiftlik Villages of Sajad and Qazaza” in Roger Owen, ed., New Perspectives on Property and Land in the Middle East (Harvard University Press, 2001).
  • “Mandate Daze: Stories of British Rule in Palestine, 1917‑1948”. Review essay in International Journal of Middle East Studies (August 2003).
  • “From Developmental Nationalism to the End of Nation-State in Iraq?” in Third World Quarterly, 29/3, 2008. 
  • "L'Enquête de Cadastre Britannique des Terres Agricoles  Égyptiennes (1897-1907)” in Maghreb-Machrek, N° 205 (Automne 2010).
  • "Après Nous le Déluge: Britain and the 1947 UN Palestine Partition Plan” in Journal of Modern Hellenism (2015).
  • "Seeing Like A Sound: Property Rights and Resource Management in Clayoquot Sound" in A Subtle Balance: Expertise, Evidence and Democracy in Policy and Governance, 1970-2010 (McGill-Queen’s, 2015).
  • “Arab Spring”, in Oxford Bibliographies, ed. Andrew Rippin (OUP, 2015).
  • "’Home,' ‘Colony,' ‘Vilayet': Frames of reference for the study of land in mandate Palestine” in Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 21/1, 2020