DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY | PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY | PORTLAND, OREGON

Laura Robson

 
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Professor of history at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Currently interested in histories of forced migration, the construction of refugee and asylum policies, and decolonization and mass violence. Most recent books are States of Separation: Transfer, Partition, and the Making of the Middle East (University of California Press, 2017) and the edited volume Partitions: A Transnational History of 20th Century Territorial Separatism (with Arie Dubnov; Stanford University Press, 2019).

Books

PARTITIONS

The first collective history of the concept of partition, tracing its emergence in the aftermath of the First World War and locating its genealogy in the politics of twentieth-century empire and decolonization.

 

STATES OF SEPARATION

Placing the histories of Iraq, Palestine, and Syria within a global context of emerging state systems intent on creating new forms of international authority, States of Separation sheds new light on the emergence of ethnic separatism in the modern Middle East.

MINORITIES AND THE MODERN ARAB WORLD

The first volume to upend the conceptual frame of reference for studying Middle Eastern minority communities in nearly two decades, Minorities and the Modern Arab World represents a major intervention in modern Middle East studies.

COLONIALISM AND CHRISTIANITY IN MANDATE PALESTINE

Drawing on a rich base of British archival materials, Arabic periodicals, and secondary sources, Colonialism and Christianity in Mandate Palestine brings to light the ways in which the British colonial state in Palestine exacerbated sectarianism. 

Articles

 
 
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REFUGEE CAMPS AND THE SPATIALIZATION OF ASSYRIAN NATIONALISM IN IRAQ

Modernity, Minority, and the Public Sphere: Jews and Christians in the Middle East | ed. S.R. Goldstein-Sabbah and H.L. Murre-van den Berg | Brill | 2016

 
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BECOMING A SECTARIAN MINORITY: ARAB CHRISTIANS IN TWENTIETH CENTURY PALESTINE

Minorities and the Modern Arab World | ed. Laura Robson | Syracuse University Press | 2016

 
 
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CHURCH VERSUS COUNTRY: PALESTINIAN ARAB EPISCOPALIANS, NATIONALISM, AND REVOLT, 1936-39

Cultural Conversions: Unexpected Consequences of Christian Missionary Encounters in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia | ed. Heather Sharkey | Syracuse University Press | 2013

 
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NAJIB ‘AZURI’S LE REVEIL DE LA NATION ARABE: A RECEPTION HISTORY

Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East | 2011

 
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A CIVILIZING MISSION? MUSIC AND THE COSMOPOLITAN IN EDWARD SAID

                    Mashriq & Mahjar | 2014

 
 
 

CHURCH, STATE, AND THE HOLY LAND: BRITISH PROTESTANT APPROACHES TO IMPERIAL POLICY IN PALESTINE, 1917–1948

                    Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History | 2011

 
 
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PALESTINIAN LIBERATION THEOLOGY, MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN RELATIONS AND THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT

                    Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations | 2010

 
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ARCHaEOLOGY AND MISSION: THE BRITISH PRESENCE IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY JERUSALEM

                   Jerusalem Quarterly | 2010a

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Featured Reviews

Al-Akhbar (Lebanon), review of States of Separation, October 2017

AHR, review of Colonialism and Christianity, December 2012

CRCL, review of Minorities and the Modern Arab World, June 2017

JPS, review of Colonialism and Christianity, April 2012

Teaching

SPRING 2018

Historical Imagination

Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Modern World

2018 - 2019

On research leave