Barry Preisler

Title: Lecturer


Education: Ph.D., American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Office: Stevenson 3007

Phone: (707) 664-2912



Professor Preisler has been teaching in the Political Science Department at Sonoma State for over 15 years. Working on his experience in Lebanon, he attended graduate school at UC Berkeley, and wrote his dissertation on Lebanon’s collapse into civil war entitled “Lebanon: The Rationality of National Suicide.” He received his Ph.D. degree from Berkeley in 1987. Dr. Preisler has taught many different courses for the department over the years but his primary area of expertise is the Middle East. He has taught over twenty different courses on the politics, history, anthropology and literature of the Middle East. He has published papers on Muslim/Christian relations in Lebanon, as well as the role of Hizbullah in the political life of Lebanon. He has represented Sonoma State University twice at the Oxford Roundtable conferences held at Oxford in the UK. Other than courses on the Middle East, Dr. Preisler often teaches International Political Economy, Modern Political Ideologies, Ideas and Institutions, and American Political Institutions.


  • POLS 200: American Political System
    POLS 201: Ideas and Institutions
    POLS 302: Social Science Research Methods
    POLS 304: Theory & Analysis of International Relations
    POLS 315: Modern Political Ideologies
    POLS 446: International Relations of the Middle East