Dr. Khalidi is the "Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies and Director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University. Previously, Dr. Khalidi was Professor of Middle East History in the Departments of Near East Languages and Civilizations and History, and Director of the Center for International Studies, at the University of Chicago. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1970, and his D.Phil. from Oxford University in 1974. He has taught at the Lebanese University, the American University of Beirut, and Georgetown and Columbia universities. He is past President of the Middle East Studies Association, and was an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 until June 1993.
"Khalidi is the author of 'Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness' (1997), co-winner of the Middle East Studies Association's Albert Hourani Prize as best book of 1997, of 'British Policy towards Syria and Palestine, 1906-1914' (1980), and of 'Under Siege: PLO Decision-making during the 1982 War' (1986), and co-editor of 'Palestine and the Gulf' (1982) and 'The Origins of Arab Nationalism' (1991). He has written over seventy-five articles on aspects of modern Middle Eastern history."
- Former President, Middle East Studies Association of North America
- National Advisory Council, U.S. Interreligious Committee for Peace in the Middle East
- Board of Sponsors, Palestine-Israel Journal 
- Founding Trustee, Center for Palestine Research and Studies 
- Trustee, Hala Foundation