Nova Robinson, PhD

PhD, History

Assistant Professor, International Studies
Associate Appointment, History

Phone: 206.296.6994

Building/Room: CASEY 310-03



Nova Robinson’s research is positioned at the intersection of Middle Eastern history, women’s history, and the history of international governance. Her dissertation was on transnational Syrian and Lebanese women’s activism in the early twentieth century. It exposed how that activism contributed to the construction of international women’s rights norms. Her article “Arab Internationalism and Gender: Perspectives from the Third Session of the UNCSW, 1949” was published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies in Summer 2016. Another article, “‘Women’s point of view was apt to be forgotten’: The Liaison Committee of International Women’s Organizations’ Campaign for an International Women’s Convention, 1920-1953,” can be found in The Institution of International Order: From the League of Nations to the United Nations (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016). She is working on a book manuscript provisionally titled, Arab Women and International Women’s Rights, 1910-1965. Robinson has been living, working, and conducting research in the Middle East since 2005. She received her PhD from Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey in 2015.

Areas of Research/Interest:

Modern Middle Eastern history; Greater Syria (Syria and Lebanon); Arab women’s history; women and gender history; international women’s rights; transnational feminism; social movements; nationalisms; state formation and sovereignty; international governance; Arab internationalism; League of Nations; United Nations; UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW)

Courses Offered: 

UCOR 1400: Women’s Rights as Human Rights: A Historical Inquiry
UCOR 1400: Arab-Israeli Conflict
INST/HIST 3560: History of the Modern Middle East
INST/HIST 3570: Women and Gender in the Middle East
INST/HIST 4970: Middle East & America since 1776
INST/HIST 3880: East Meets West: Global Encounters and Exchanges