Laila Parsons is a historian specializing in the modern Middle East. She received her D.Phil from St Antony’s College, Oxford in 1996, and is currently Associate Professor of History and Islamic Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Previously, she taught at Yale and Harvard Universities. Parsons’ research focuses on the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and she has written widely in this area. Her publications include The Commander: Fawzi al-Qawuqji and the Fight for Arab Independence 1914–1948 and The Druze between Palestine and Israel, 1947–1949, as well as several articles on the role of narrative and biography in the field of modern Middle East history. She lives in Canada.