DepartmentTorrey Honors Institute
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  • Ph.D., University of Cambridge
  • M.A., Wheaton College
  • B.A., Kansas State University


Todd M. Thompson is Assistant Professor of History at Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University. Before coming to Biola, Todd completed his Ph.D. studies at the University of Cambridge and spent four years teaching at an Arab university in the Middle East. His research focuses on the connections between British, American and Middle Eastern history in the twentieth century including the intellectual history of “Western” Christian and Arab Christian engagement with Islam, the experience of minorities in the Arab world, Arab Christian mediation of knowledge about the “Middle East” in the “West,” and the reception of the “Great Books” of the West in the Arab world. Todd married his high-school sweetheart, Anna, and their two lively children, William and Nora, keep them busy and entertained.


  • American Historical Association
  • North American Conference on British Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies Association
  • Ecclesiastical History Society
  • CLIO (Cambridge University History Society)

Publications (Selected)


  • Sir Norman Anderson, Islam and the End of the British Empire (New York and London: Oxford University Press/Hurst, Forthcoming 2014-2015)
  • T. E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Biography (New York and London: Oxford University Press/Hurst, In Progress)

Articles & Chapters

  • "Charles Malik and the Christian Critique of Orientalism in Lebanon and Britain, 1945-1956," Christians and Religious Plurality, ed. John Doran, Charlotte Methuen and Alexandra Walsham (Boydell and Brewer, 2014/2015)
  • "Albert Hourani, Christian Minorities and the Spiritual Dimension of Britain's Problem in Palestine, 1938-1947," in Christians and the Middle East Conflict, ed. Paul S Rowe, John H.A. Dyck, Jens Zimmermann (Routledge, 2014)
  • “Making ‘Modern’ Libya: The King and Anderson,” History Today 61, 12 (2011): 49-55.
  • “Covert Operations, British Views of Islam and Anglo-Sanusi Relations in North Africa, 1940-45,” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 37, 2 (2009): 293-323.
  • “The Evangelical Alliance, Religious Liberty and the Evangelical Conscience in Nineteenth-Century Britain,” Journal of Religious History 33, 1 (2009): 49-65.


  • Invited Commentator, “New Conversations in Islamic and Christian Political Thought.” Worcester College, University of Oxford—September 14th – September 15th, 2013
  • The Christian Critique of Orientalism in the Age of Decolonisation.” Christian Ethics Seminar. University of Oxford, Oxford, England—February 21st, 2013.
  • “America’s Military Presence Abroad.” International relations seminar briefing for the Qatar National Debate Team. Marriot Courtyard Hotel, Doha, Qatar—December 22nd, 2012.
  • “An Evangelical Protestant Intellectual and his Muslim Students: Norman Anderson and the Global Transformation of Islam After World War II.” Thirty-Ninth Annual Meeting of the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies


  • Great Books Seminars, Torrey Honors Institute, Spring 2014-Present, Biola University
  • History of the Middle East in the Twentieth Century, Fall 2013, Qatar University
  • Capstone Research Seminar (Theme: Empires and Imperialism), Fall 2013, Qatar University
  • Islam and the West, Spring 2013, Qatar University
  • Capstone Research Seminar (Theme: Empires and Imperialism), Spring 2013, Qatar University

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