Dr Stephen L. Keck

Professor of History

Dr. Stephen Lee Keck is Professor of History at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA). His courses explore modern global history: recently these have focused on Leadership in 20th Century Europe, the Rise of China as a Global Superpower and the End of the Ottoman Empire. In 2020-2021 Dr. Keck will offer two new courses: ‘Diseases, Disasters and Diplomacy,’ as well as ‘Cultural Diplomacy: How Nations Tell Their Stories.’

Dr. Keck’s research interests concentrate on British cultural history, the development of British ‘Soft Power’ and the British Empire’s engagement with Southeast Asia. He is currently working on a manuscript entitled The Need to Exhibit: John Ruskin and the Museum. Keck has published a healthy number of articles and two books: British Burma in the New Century, 1895-1918 and Sir Arthur Helps and the Making of Victorianism. In addition, he co-edited the anthology Western Higher Education in Asia and the Middle East: Politics, Economics, and Pedagogy.

Professor Keck served as EDA’s Academic Director (2015-2018) and Head of the Department of International Studies at American University of Sharjah (2007-2014). Prior to coming to the UAE in 2006, Dr. Keck taught at the National University of Singapore and the College of Charleston, South Carolina, US.