Associate Professor of History and International Affairs
801 22nd Street, N.W.
Areas of Expertise
History of the Middle East in the 19th and 20th centuries; colonialism, nationalism, and citizenship in the Arab Middle East; the Palestinian-Israeli conflict
On Leave, Fall 2014
Shira 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 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.
Dr. 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 Studies.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.
Ph.D., Stanford University
- Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel's Liberal Settler State (Stanford Univ. Pr, 2013),
- "The Ghetto vs. the Gun." Review of Idith Zertal's Israel's Holocaust and the Politics of Nationhood. In Middle East Report 240 (Fall 2006): 42-43.
- "My Hairdresser Is a Sniper" in The Struggle for Sovereignty Palestine and Israel, 1993-2005. Joel Beinin and Rebecca L. Stein, eds., (Stanford Univ. Pr, 2006).