Shira Robinson

Shira Robinson

Title:
Associate Professor of History and International Affairs
Office:
Phillips Hall 314
Address: 801 22nd St. NW
Phone: 202-994-2457
Email:
snrobins@gwu.edu

Background

On leave autumn 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. Her first book, Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel's Liberal Settler State, examines Israel's imposition of military rule on the Palestinian Arabs who remained within its borders after 1948. [Read the complete introduction and a recent interview she gave about the book on the Mondoweiss blog.] The book is based on Professor Robinson's dissertation, which in 2006 won the Halpern Biennial Dissertation Award from the Association for Israel Studies. Her research has been funded by the Fulbright Institute, the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Foundation, and the Palestinian American Research Center. Affiliated with GW's Institute for Middle East Studies, she arrived in 2007 after two years on the faculty at the University of Iowa and one year as Visiting Fellow at the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University.

On leave, Spring 2014.

Education

Ph.D., Stanford University, 2005.

Publications

Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel's Liberal Settler State. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2013.

"The Problem of Privilege." Middle East Report, March 22, 2012.

"Local Struggle, National Struggle: Palestinian Responses to the Kafr Qasim Massacre and its Aftermath, 1956-1966." International Journal of Middle East Studies 35, no. 3 (August 2003): 393-416. Revised and reprinted in "Commemoration under Fire: Palestinian Responses to the 1956 Kafr Qasim Massacre." In Memory and Violence in the Middle East and North Africa, ed. Ussama Makdisi and Paul Silverstein, 103-132. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006.

"My Hairdresser is a Sniper." Middle East Report 223 (June 2002): 48-49. Reprinted in The Struggle for Sovereignty in Palestine and Israel, 1993-2004, ed. Joel Beinin and Rebecca L. Stein, 237-240. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006.

"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.

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