Born in Winnipeg, Canada, Prof. Udovitch received his B.S. from Columbia University in 1958, obtaining both his M.A. in 1959 and his Ph.D. in 1965 from Yale University. He taught at Brandeis University and at Cornell University before arriving at Princeton in 1968 where he served as Chairman of the Department of Near Eastern Studies from 1973-77 and again from 1980-1993/94. Prof Udovitch has been on the Board of Governors of the American Research Institute in Turkey since 1969, and is a Trustee of the Northeast Pooled Common Fund. He served as Chairman of the Committee on Islamic Studies of the American Oriental Society from 1972 to 1978, is a member of the Board of Editors of the Journal of Inter-Disciplinary History and of The International Journal of Middle East Studies, and is co-editor of the journal Studia Islamica. He was also associate editor of the twelve- volume Dictionary of the Middle Ages, prepared under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies. Since 1978, he has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Encyclopaedia of Islam. He is also a member of the World Executive Committee of the International Center for Peace in the Middle East.