Olivia Sohns

Assistant Professor  | University of Central Florida
Olivia Sohns

Olivia L. Sohns is a Clements Postdoctoral Fellow. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Cambridge. Dr. Sohns is a historian with an interest in the relationship between U.S. domestic politics, American national ideology, and U.S. foreign policy, with a particular emphasis on the Middle East. Lyndon Johnson’s Arab-Israeli policies were the subject of her PhD dissertation, which she is presently revising for publication as a book manuscript, tentatively entitled, Building Fortress Israel: Lyndon B. Johnson and the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Previously, Dr. Sohns was a non-resident fellow and an Israel Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She earned an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford and a B.A. honors degree in History with a minor in Middle Eastern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures from Stanford University. She has pursued Arabic language study in Rabat, Morocco, Damascus, Syria, and Sana’a, Yemen, and has traveled widely in the Middle East.