Ahmad H. Joudah was born in 1934 in the village of Isdoud in southern Palestine. He completed his higher education at the University of Cairo (BA 1955), University of Texas - Austin (MA 1964), and the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (PhD 1971). Dr. Joudah was the first curator of the Middle East collection at UT-Austin (1969-72), after which he returned to the Arab world to serve as Professor of Modern Arab History at the University of Benghazi (1972-79) and King Saud University in Riyadh (1979-1991). In 1991, for political reasons, he and his family immigrated to the United States where he and his wife taught Arabic language and culture until 2004. He is currently residing in Houston, TX and writing a history of his village, Isdoud, as well as his personal memoirs.