Rex Casillas

Associate Professor, history

Political Science Chair

Fields: History of modern Middle East; U.S. diplomatic history; the history of Nazi Germany.
B.A., Western Washington University; M.A., ibid.; Ph.D., University of Utah

Old Main 303
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503


Dr. Casillas is a Washington Native who has lived all around the United States and the World. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Utah.

Select publications

  • Oil and Diplomacy: The Origins of U.S. Foreign Policy in Saudi Arabia, 1933-45
  • Various book reviews in The International Journal of Middle East Studies and articles in Diplomatic History SHAFR Bulletin


  • Joseph Malone Fellow
  • Burlington Northern Award for Outstanding Teaching
  • Palmer Fellow (twice)
  • Faculty President, Saint Martin's University
  • Dean of social sciences, 1991-2011, Saint Martin's University
  • Executive Director, Washington State Committee for U.S.-Arab Relations