Robert W. Murphy Professor Emeritus of Political Science
"I maintain a high interest in the politics of the Middle East, and continue to revise the textbook Politics and Change in the Middle East for its eighth edition. I recently traveled to Denmark, Latvia and Estonia, continuing a project on international nongovernmental organizations. I have also designed and taught two new courses-one on international non-governmental organizations, the other on the transnational politics of Western Europe."
Years at Knox: 1967 to present
Ph.D., Political Science, 1969, Tulane University.
M.A., Political Science, 1965, Tulane University.
B.A., Political Science, cum laude, 1963, Knox College.
Comparative politics, politics of Asia, politics of the Middle East, politics of India, Islam and social change, political communication, European politics.
Selected Professional Accomplishments
Caterpillar Distinguished Service Award, 2002.
"Building Partnerships Between Higher Education, Business and Government." International Education in Illinois Higher Education: Conditions, Issues, and Means for Improvement. Proceedings of Presidential Summit on International Education, 2000.
"Can the Center Hold for Mubarak?" Newsday, Long Island, NY, 1997.
"Afghanistan and Pakistan, Emerging Security Implications." Lecture/Presentation, Pekin Public Library, 2009.
"Reel Bad Arab." Film presentation/discussion, sponsored by I-Nims (Illinois Association for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies) Galesburg Community Center, 2009.
"Oil and Water." Steering Committee, Illinois Humanities Council, 2008-2009.
"Public Outreach." Social Science Research Council Conference, Illinois Outreach Network on Islam and the World, University of Illinois, 2008.
"Three U.S. Public Policy Problems: Social Security, Environment, Immigration." Fudan University, Shanghai; and Renmin University, Beijing, China.
"Integrated International Studies: A New Global Major Integrating Social Science and Modern Language." Coauthored with Heidi Tilghman. Midwest Political Science Association, 1998.
Campus & Community Involvement
Co-Director, Knox College Center for Global Studies.
Public Presenter, KWQC TV-6, Davenport, Iowa.
Public Presenter, Wisconsin Public Radio.
Panel Chair, Middle East Policy Makers Conference, plenary session, Washington, D.C.
Member, Board of Directors, Academic Panel, The Clara Abbott Foundation.
Occasional guest and/or commentator on elections, public policy, international affairs: National Public Radio, British Broadcasting Company, Canadian Broadcast Company, Voice of America, Wisconsin Public Radio.
Member, Governor's Joint Task force on International Education, State of Illinois.
Member, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago.
Member, National Council on U.S./Arab Relations.
Director, Seminar, Illinois Humanities Council: Islam, the Fundamentals.
What Students Say
"Professor Seibert's lectures are very engaging. He always has a story to tell. It's hard to forget the class material after he has related it to real-life experiences. And Professor Seibert is extremely supportive, both in and out of the classroom. He's an incredible listener and always has the right advice."
-Rebekah Tromble, political science major