Professor Rami Ginat is currently heading the Department of Political Studies. He took his BA and MA degrees at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Tel-Aviv University; and his Ph.D. degree in Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London. His fields of expertise are focused on the study and teaching of the modern Middle East. His work pays careful attention to the mutual feedback between politics and ideas; that is, examining ideology in view of changing political realities and vice versa. He published many books and articles on a variety of subjects related to the Great Powers and the Middle East, and Cold War studies with special reference to Egypt and Syria. His most recent books include A History of Egyptian Communism, which was described as “…the definitive history of the early Egyptian communist movement” (The American Historical Review); and "A work that will quickly become the go-to source on the history of communism in pre-Nasserist Egypt" (Joel Gordon, Bustan). His new book on Egypt and the Struggle for Power in Sudan: From World War II to Nasserisim is due to be published by Cambridge University Press. It critically examines the intense Egyptian exertions to prove categorically that Egypt and the Sudan constituted a single territorial unit. These efforts were clustered around several dominant theoretical layers: history, geography, economy, culture and ethnography. It also explains the ideological, social and political undercurrents, which led to the demise of the doctrine of the unity of the Nile Valley in the revolutionary era.