Mary C. Wilson earned her doctorate at Oxford University and has taught Middle East history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 1989. Her first book, King Abdullah, Britain and the Making of Jordan (Cambridge University Press, 1987 and 1990) looks at the end of the Ottoman Empire and the expansion of British imperialism in the Middle East through the lens of state formation. It has been translated and published in Arabic. She is also co-editor of The Modern Middle East which is a collection of path breaking articles on the 19th and 20th centuries (I.B. Tauris, 1993 and 2004). At present she is writing a history of Syria for a general audience under contract with Cambridge University Press. Her research has been supported by grants from the Social Science Research Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has also been a fellow at the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. She has served as Graduate Program Director and Chair of the UMass department of history, and during the academic year 2005-06 she was the Alfred H. Howell Visiting Professor of History at the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon.