Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Portland State University
Website URL
Middle East, minorities, ethnicity and nationalism, empire, decolonization, mass violence, migration, refugees
Additional Contact Information

Personal Info

About Me

Laura Robson (PhD Yale, 2009) is a scholar of modern Middle Eastern and international history. Her work focuses on the politics of ethnicity and religion in the twentieth century Arab world; local, regional, and global reverberations of international governance and international law; and modern histories of mass violence.

She is currently Associate Professor of modern Middle Eastern history at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.



Recent Publications

(Past 3 years – complete list available on request)

Partitions: A Transnational History of 20th Century Territorial Separatism (forthcoming Stanford University Press, 2019)

States of Separation: Transfer, Partition, and the Making of the Modern Middle East (University of California Press, 2017)

Minorities and the Modern Arab World: New Perspectives (Syracuse University Press, 2016)


“Refugees and the Case for International Authority in the Middle East: The League of Nations and UNRWA Compared,” special issue on “Forced Displacement and Refugees,” ed. Dawn Chatty, International Journal of Middle East Studies 49, 4 (2017): 625-644

“Memorialization and Assimilation: Armenian Genocide Memorials in North America,” special issue on “Being Middle Eastern in North America: Conceptions of Space and Identity,” ed. Jennifer Dueck, Mashriq & Mahjar 4, 1 (2017): 73-98

“Peripheries of Belonging: Military Recruitment and the Making of a Minority in Wartime Iraq, 1914-1919,” special issue on “The Middle East in the First World War,” ed. Andrew Patrick, First World War Studies 2 (2016): 1-20

“Refugee Camps and the Spatialization of Assyrian Nationalism in Iraq,” in Modernity, Minority, and the Public Sphere: Jews and Christians in the Middle East, ed. R. Goldstein-Sabbah and H.L. Murre-van den Berg (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 237-2

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Israel-Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq
Expertise by Geography
Mediterranean, Middle East
Expertise by Chronology
7, 8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Diplomacy, Genocide, Migration & Immigration, Politics, Religion