Nova Robinson joins the faculty in the International Studies Department, effective September 1, 2015. Her research and writing focus on women and gender history with an emphasis on the Middle East. She comes to Seattle University from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where she taught History of the Modern Middle East and the Age of European Expansion.
Robinson received a Fulbright grant to study the history of women's activism in Bahrain. Her article "Gendered Expertise: Representation from the French Mandate for Syria on the Committee of Experts on the Legal Status of Women" will appear in Experts and Expertise in the League of Nations Mandates: Figures, Fields and Tools (forthcoming).
Robinson founded the Middle East Studies Graduate Forum at Rutgers, where she served as president. In October 2014, she organized "Researching the Middle East and North Africa after 2011: Challenges, Queries, and Questions" a symposium that brought faculty and graduate students together to discuss the future of research in the Middle East. She is the assistant editor of the Middle East section of the "Women and Modern Empires" project, which is part of the Women and Social Movements International digital archive published by Alexander Street Press. She is fluent in Arabic and Italian.