Assistant Professor of History and International Affairs
801 22nd Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20052
Phone: (202) 994-2457
Fax: (202) 994-6231
Ph.D., Stanford University
History of the Middle East in the 19th and 20th centuries; colonialism, nationalism,
and citizenship in the Arab Middle East; the Palestinian-Israeli conflict
Shira Robinson joined GW in 2007 after two years of teaching at the University
of Iowa and one year as Visiting Fellow at the Davis Center for Historical
Studies at Princeton University. She received her B.A. in Middle Eastern and
North African Studies from the University of Michigan and her M.A. and Ph.D.
in History from Stanford University.
Professor Robinson works on the social and cultural history of the Modern
Middle East, with an emphasis on colonialism, citizenship, nationalism, and
cultures of militarism after World War I. She is currently revising her manuscript, Liberal
Dispossession: Palestinian Citizenship under Military Rule, 1948-1967,
which examines the Israeli state's imposition of military rule on the Palestinian
Arabs who remained within its borders after 1948. Her publications include "Local
Struggle, National Struggle: Palestinian Responses to the Kafr Qasim Massacre
and its Aftermath, 1956-1966," which appeared in the International
Journal of Middle East Studies in August 2003.
Professor Robinson's research has been funded through the Fulbright Institute,
the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Foundation, and the Palestinian
American Research Center. She also spent a year at the Center for the Advanced
Study of Arabic at the American University in Cairo. In 2006 her dissertation
won the Halpern Biennial Dissertation Award from the Association for Israel
194 The Middle East in the 20th Century
297 Graduate Readings in Modern Middle Eastern History