Dr. Massoud Daher received his BA in education and a Higher Studies Diploma in history from Lebanese University. He also obtained a postgraduate Doctorate and State Doctorate in social history from the University of the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Since 1973, he has taught at Lebanese University.
He was appointed a member of Lebanese University's Consultative Scientific Council to represent the Arts and Humanities Faculty in 1996. He has also been invited by the Japan Foundation to lecture at the Institute of Developing Economies and the University of Tokyo on many occasions. He was invited was also invited to lecture at Georgetown University in Washington, DC thanks to a research grant from the Fulbright Program. In 2004, he was delegated to work at the UNDP. He is proficient in Arabic, French, and English and has a base knowledge of Russian and Japanese.
Dr. Masood Daher was granted the Abdel Hamid Shoman Award for young Arab scientists in Jordan in 1983. In 1992, 1994, and 2000, he was selected to be a member of the arbitration board for this award. He was also chosen to be a member of Sultan bin Awis Cultural Award board in 1999. In 1993, he was awarded the Arab Historian Medal and the Arab History Medal in 1996 from Arab Historians Association. In 2004, he was chosen to serve as a consultant for the UNDP's programme to promote good governance.
His publications in Arabic include the following titles:
"The Social History of Lebanon, 1914-1926," "Lebanon: Independence, Pact, and Formula," "Historical Origins of the Lebanese Sectarian Dilemma, 1697-1861," "Historical Origins of the Agricultural Question in Lebanon, 1900-1950," "The Modern Arab Orient: from Nomadism to Modern State," "The Lebanese and Syrian Migration to Egypt," "The Lebanese Uprising Against the Provincial System," "The Struggle Against the Cultural, Imperialist, and Zionist Invasion of the Arab Orient: A Study of the Resistance Culture," "State and Society in the Arab Orient, 1840-1990," "Problems Related to Building a Modern State in the Arab Homeland," and "Modern Japanese Renaissance: Lessons for Arabs." "The Arab and Japanese Renaissances: The Similarity of Preliminary Conditions and Dissimilarity of the Final Outcomes" won best book prize in humanities from Kuwait's Institute for Scientific Progress for the year 2000.
Dr. Daher's English titles include the following: Socio-Economic Changes and Civil War in Lebanon, Modernization in Egypt and Japan in the 19th Century, and Continuity and Change in Japanese Modernization, 1945-1998.