John Robertson received his B.A. in history from St. Joseph’s College, and his M.A. (1977) and Ph.D. (1981) in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Research and Teaching Interests
Professor Robertson's primary research interests have focused on economic organization and societal tensions in ancient Mesopotamia as well as the broader ancient Middle Eastern and Egyptian world. His articles in those fields have appeared in both academic journals and prominent research encyclopedias. Since 1985, he has also developed research and teaching interest and expertise in modern Middle Eastern history, especially the history of Iraq and the historical impact of European and American interventions and policies in that region. His book Iraq: A History [Oneworld, 2015] was recognized by History Today as one of 2015's most outstanding books in history; a Chinese translation of his book is scheduled to be published in 2017. As an expert on modern Middle Eastern history, he has published numerous essays and been interviewed and/or cited in diverse media outlets, including the Associated Press, CNN, and the New York Times. Professor Robertson was also the recipient of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Science's Maroon Award for Teaching Excellence in 2012.