Chase F. Robinson came to the Graduate Center in 2008 as provost and senior vice president, was appointed distinguished professor of history in 2009, and then became the Graduate Center’s president. He is considered the leading expert of his generation on early Islamic history. In 1992, he earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, where he was awarded a Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. In 1993 he joined the Faculty of Oriental Studies and Wolfson College, Oxford, where he taught until 2008. From 1999 to 2000 he was a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and in 2005 he received a two-year British Academy Research Readership. From 2003 to 2005, he chaired Oxford University’s faculty of oriental studies, having first served as a professor of Islamic history at Oxford, beginning in 1993.
Robinson is the author or editor of seven books and more than forty articles. His books include Empire and Elites after the Muslim Conquest (2000); A Medieval Islamic City Reconsidered: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Samarra (2001); Islamic Historiography (2003); and Abd al-Malik (Makers of the Muslim World) (2007). He has also contributed commentaries to Inside Higher Education, the Times Literary Supplement, the Huffington Post, the (London) Times Higher Education Supplement, and BBC Radio 5 in the UK.