Barbara Petzen is an education consultant specializing in professional development on the Middle East and Islam, global education, curriculum development, and study tours to the Middle East. Petzen is executive director of oneblue.org—a conflict resolution program—and oversees its Middle East Connections program. She is also president of the Middle East Outreach Council. While serving as education director at the Middle East Policy Council, Petzen created TeachMideast.org, a comprehensive resource for educators seeking balanced and innovative materials for teaching about the region. She also served as outreach coordinator at the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, starting just before September 11, 2001.
Petzen’s academic interests include Ottoman and Middle Eastern history, the history and present concerns of women in the Middle East and Muslim communities, the role of Islam in Middle Eastern and other societies, relations and perceptions between Muslim societies and the West, and the necessity for globalizing K-12 education in the United States and around the world. She has taught courses on Middle Eastern history, Islam, and women’s studies at Dalhousie University and St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, Canada.