Portrait of Nathan Citino

Nathan Citino

Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar


Nathan J. Citino, Ph.D., is a Baker Institute Rice faculty scholar at the Edward P. Djerejian Center for the Middle East. He is also the Barbara Kirkland Chiles Professor of History at Rice University. He specializes in the history of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and has written on the history of oil diplomacy and economic development, particularly in the Arab world. 

Citino is the author of “From Arab Nationalism to OPEC: Eisenhower, King Sa‘ud, and the Making of U.S.-Saudi Relations” (Indiana University Press, 2002, 2010). His second book, “Envisioning the Arab Future: Modernization in U.S.-Arab Relations, 1945-1967” (Cambridge University Press, 2017), won the Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. His scholarship has also appeared in journals including Cold War History, Diplomacy & Statecraft, the International Journal of Middle East Studies and the Business History Review. In 2020, he received the Truman Library Institute’s Scholar Award to support research on a project examining the foundations of American power in the Middle East. 

He holds a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

Contact at citino@rice.edu or 713-348-2553.