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Laura Robson

Former Fellow


    September 1, 2021 — May 20, 2022

    Professional affiliation

    Oliver-McCourtney Professor of History, The Pennsylvania State University

    Wilson Center Projects

    The M-Project: The Middle East and the Origins of Modern Refugee Policy

    Full Biography

    Laura Robson is the Oliver-McCourtney Professor of History at Penn State University. She received her PhD from Yale University and is the author and editor of several books, including States of Separation: Transfer, Partition, and the Making of the Modern Middle East (University of California Press, 2017), which explores the history of forced migration, population exchange, and refugee resettlement in Iraq, Syria, and Palestine during the interwar period, and the edited volume Partitions: A Transnational History of 20th Century Territorial Separatism (co-edited with Arie Dubnov; Stanford University Press, 2019), which examines the emergence and consequences of the political “solution” of partition in the twentieth century world. Her latest book, The Politics of Mass Violence in the Middle East, was published with Oxford University Press in fall 2020.