DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY | PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY | PORTLAND, OREGON

Laura Robson

 
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Scholar of modern Middle Eastern history. Currently interested in the politics of ethnicity and religion in the twentieth century Arab world; local, regional, and global iterations of internationalism and international governance; and modern histories of mass violence.

Books

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

                   Jerusalem Quarterly | 2010

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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

FALL 2017

The First World War: Global Perspectives

Refugees and Migrants: The Middle East and the World (reading colloquium)

WINTER 2018

Global History of Oil

Refugees and Migrants: The Middle East and the World (writing colloquium)

SPRING 2018

The Middle East in the Twentieth Century

Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Modern World