Mark LeVine is Professor of Middle East History at the University of California, Irvine. LeVine received his BA in comparative religion and biblical studies from Hunter College. His MA and Ph.D. were done at New York University's prestigious Department of Middle Eastern Studies, home of the most acclaimed new generation of Middle Eastern scholars in America. There he focused on the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and modern Islamic religious and political thought and movements. His new book, Why They Don't Hate Us: Lifting the Veil on the Axis of Evil, was just published by the Oxford-based Oneworld Publications. His dissertation, Overthrowing Geography: Jaffa, Tel Aviv and the Struggle for Palestine, is published by the University of California Press. He also is the editor, with Viggo Mortensen and Pilar Perez, of the book Twilight of Empire: Responses to Occupation, which features leading scholars and activists from the US and the Muslim world writing about the US occupation of Iraq (including Naomi Klein, Mike Davis, Nadia Yassine, Jerry Quickley, Amir Hussein, Jodie Evans, Amb. Joseph Wilson, and others, and has recorded with Moroccan Gnawa and world music star Hassan Hakmoun on Ozomatli's new CD, Street Signs, which won the 2005 Grammy for Best Latin Rock/Alternative album (the same day Led Zeppelin won their Lifetime Achievement Grammy (how cool is that...)). Before being hired at the University of California, Irvine, he was a fellow at numerous research institutions, including the International Center for Advanced Studies at NYU, the Stuttgart Seminar in Cultural Studies, in Stuttgart Germany, the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where he has a continuing relationship and co-directs an innovative program bringing Israeli and Palestinian scholars together to imagine new ways to approach their country's history and current trouble. His publications have appeared in leading newspapers and journals around the world, including the Los Angeles Times, Le Monde and the Christian Science Monitor, and he has appeared as a guest and consultant on The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, NPR, Pacifica Radio, KPFK, KPFA, WHYY, KABC, WBAI, The O'Reilly Factor, KCAL 9/Channel 2 News, KCET's "Life and Times," KPCA, the Ian Masters Show, KKLA, the Dennis Prager Show, Charles Perez, and NYC's Channel 11. He has been extensively quoted in the NY Times, the Washington Post, Salon and other leading newspapers and magazines. He was also historical consultant for the Oscar-nominated and double Emmy award-winning Promises documentary about the lives, dreams and realities of six young Israeli and Palestinian children.