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Welcome to The Robinson Professors of George Mason University.

Since 1984, a large bequest from the late Clarence J. Robinson has allowed George Mason University to appoint to the faculty distinguished professors in the liberal arts and sciences. Clarence J. Robinson Professors are outstanding scholars who are dedicated to undergraduate teaching and whose teaching and scholarship concern broad and fundamental intellectual issues. They have chosen to come to George Mason University from senior positions elsewhere to become closely involved with the education of undergraduate students. For further information, please use our contact form.

April 2014 Accolades

Spencer R. Crew, Robinson Professor of American, African American and Public History, gave a lecture at the Minnesota History Museum for its History Forum on African American Migration to the Twin Cities. He also gave a lecture on the Smithsonian’s African American Museum of History and Culture at the African American History Month Gala Dinner in […]

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March 2014 Accolades

Shaul Bakhash, Robinson Professor of History, served on a panel assessing Iran’s revolution at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. His paper was published in the center’s Viewpoint series under the title “Iran’s Tumultuous Revolution: 35 Years Later.” Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, delivered the Carnegie Institution’s Capital Science Lecture on […]

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February 2014 Accolades

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, was elected Fellow of the Geochemical Society. John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Studies, presented “Understanding and Mitigating the Drivers of Islamist Extremism in Northern Nigeria” at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. He also gave a presentation on “Nigeria: Religious Conflict or Coexistence?” to […]

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December 2013 Accolades

Spencer Crew, Robinson Professor of American History, served as seminar leader for a session discussing what it means be a public historian at the Seminar for Historical Administration in Indianapolis for the American Association for State and Local History. He also presented his essay, “Lincoln and the Issue of the Contraband” at Carleton University. He was […]

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November 2013 Accolades

Shaul Bakhash, Robinson Professor of History, spoke on the current negotiations between Iran, the United States and its European partners over Iran’s nuclear program to an audience at the Washington Golf and Country Club in Arlington, Va. He also was quoted on the policies of Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, in a recent Reuter’s story. Paul […]

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October 2013 Accolades

Shaul Bakhash, Robinson Professor of History, published “Iran at the UN: from Khomenei to Rouhani,” in the September19 issue of Foreign Policy (re-circulated on the Al-Monitor magazine web site). Spencer R. Crew, Robinson Professor of American, African American, and Public History, presented at the Brown University Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice Symposium: “The Slave: Freedom […]

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September 2013 Accolades

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, had his book “The Story of Earth” selected for the Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Prize short list (the winner to be announced in October), and the Kirkus Review top 25 nonfiction books of 2012. He gave a keynote lecture on “The Diamond Makers” at the Industrial Diamond Association convention […]

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Professor Crew Comments on the Specialization of US Cities

Participating in a recent debate in the New York Times, Robinson Professor of America, African American, and Public History Spencer Crew writes about the non-economic reasons for intercity migration.  You can read his piece here.

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Professor Pearlstein Examines the State of the Irish Economy

In his most recent piece for the Washington Post, Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs Steven Pearlstein discusses recent developments in the Irish economy and its future potential.  Read the whole article here.

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Professor Pearlstein Asks “Is Capitalism Moral?”

Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs Steven Pearlstein asks the provocative question “Is Capitalism Mora?” in a piece for the Washington Post.  You can read his answer here.

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