Chelsi Mueller

Chelsi Mueller

Chelsi Mueller, Ph.D,  is a researcher in the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University. She has a PhD in Middle Eastern and African History from Tel Aviv University and a B.A in English and Professional Education from Crown College, Minnesota.

Chelsi is the administrative coordinator of the Dayan Center's Annual TAU Workshop on Israel and the Middle East. She is also the principal investigator of the Dayan Center's Textbook Survey Project, together with Prof. Uzi Rabi. This project surveys textbooks that are used to teach about the Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian conflict in English-taught college and university programs. The outcome of the first phase of this project is a working paper titled, "A Critical Survey of Textbooks on the Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian Conflict."

Chelsi has presented papers on the topics of Arab-Iranian relations in the Gulf, Reza Shah's Persian Gulf policy and Iranian nationalism at the Middle East & Islamic Studies Association of Israel; at an international workshop, Constructing Nationalism in Iran from the Qajars to the Islamic Republic, organized by the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies; and at the Annual Israeli Persian Gulf Studies Conference, organized by the Ezri Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies.

Her publications include, "Nationalist Representations of the Persian Gulf under Reza Shah Pahlavi," in Constructing Nationalism in Iran from the Qajars to the Islamic Republic (Routledge 2017) edited by Meir Litvak; "Anglo-Iranian Treaty Negotiations: Reza Shah, Teymurtash and the British Government, 1927-1932," in the journal Iranian Studies; and "Egyptian and Saudi Intervention in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (2006-09): Local Powers Mediation Compared," a chapter authored with Joseph Kostiner in International Intervention in Local Conflicts: Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution since the Cold War edited by Uzi Rabi (I.B.Taurus, 2010); and "From Arab-Palestine to Arab-Islamic Palestine in the Palestinian Educational Philosophy and Curriculum," in the journal Middle East Studies.

Chelsi's dissertation, completed in 2016, is titled “The Persian Gulf between the Two World Wars: Iran, Britain and the Arab Shaykhdoms, 1919-1939.” It investigates Arab-Iranian relations in the Persian Gulf during the period between the two world wars.