Dr. Robert B. Cunningham is Professor in the Department of
Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences at the
University of Tennessee. He received the A.B. degree from
Erskine College and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana
University. He joined the faculty at UT in 1972.
Professor Cunningham' research and teaching interests focus
on issues related to public administration and the politics
of the Middle East. He has a good deal of experience teaching
and doing research in that part of the world. From 1959-62,
Professor Cunningham taught at Aleppo College in Aleppo, Syria.
He returned to the Middle East in 1986 as a participant in
the faculty exchange program at Yarmouk University in Irbid,
Jordan, and again in 1992 as a Fulbright Teacher/Scholar at
Yarmouk University. He has also conducted research in Marrakech,
Morocco, and in Jordan.
Professor Cunningham is the author of The Bank and the
Bureau: Organizational Development in the Middle East,
published by Praeger in 1988; he is co-author of a second
book, Wasta: The Hidden Force in Middle East Society,
published by Praeger in 1993.
Professor Cunningham gives generously of his time in sharing
his academic expertise with the community through academic
outreach and volunteers his time to several non-profit groups.
His extraordinary contributions to public service were acknowledge
with the Faculty Public Service Award presented to him by
the College of Arts and Sciences in 2003.