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May 19, 2006

UI History Professor Wins Halpern Award

Shira Robinson, assistant professor of history in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was selected as the Ben Halpern Biennial Dissertation Award winner by the Association for Israel Studies (AIS). The award, given for the best doctoral dissertation in 2004-2005, will be presented at the annual AIS meeting on Monday, May 29, in Banff, Alberta.

Her dissertation, "Occupied Citizens in a Liberal State: Palestinians Under Military Rule and the Colonial Formation of Israeli Society, 1948-1966," addresses the history of the Palestinian Arab minority in Israel during the first two decades of statehood. Robinson received her doctorate from Stanford University in 2005.

"I've always been interested in the history of Israel and its relationship with Palestine," said Robinson. "Spending a year in Israel during the first Gulf War was an eye opening experience. After that I immersed myself in the subject."

During the 2006-2007 academic year, Robinson will be a visiting fellow at the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University. While there, she will develop her dissertation into a book.

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