CUNY Board Appoints Chase F. Robinson Interim President Of CUNY Graduate School and University Center

The CUNY Board of Trustees today announced the appointment of Dr. Chase F. Robinson as Interim President of The Graduate School and University Center, upon the recommendation of Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, effective July 1, 2013.

Provost of The Graduate School and University Center since 2008, Dr. Robinson is considered the leading expert of his generation on early Islamic history. He chaired Oxford University’s faculty of oriental studies from 2003 to 2005, having first served as professor of Islamic history at Oxford beginning in 1993.

The Board of Trustees named Graduate Center President William P. Kelly Interim Chancellor of the University, effective July 1. Dr. Robinson will lead the Graduate Center during the period that Dr. Kelly serves as Interim Chancellor.

Dr. Robinson’s books on Islamic history 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 (2005).

He is also the editor of The New Cambridge History of Islam, Volume 1: The Formation of the Islamic World Sixth to Eleventh Centuries (2010) and, with Sarah Foot, The Oxford History of Historical Writing, Volume 2, 400 to 1400 (2012).

Among the grants and fellowships he has received are those from the British Academy, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, The Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and the American Research Center in Egypt.

Dr. Robinson, who holds the faculty rank of Distinguished Professor, earned a B.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

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