Rosemarie Esber

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Rosemarie M. Esber
Born Minnesota, United States
Residence Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Nationality United States
Education PhD (2004)
Alma mater Johns Hopkins University
University of London
Occupation Researcher, writer

Rosemarie M. Esber is a researcher and writer with degrees from the University of London and Johns Hopkins University with a background in the history, culture, and economy of the Middle East and North Africa.[1][2] Her published work is centered on Arab oral history. She has served as a consultant to the United Nations, the World Bank, and the International Finance Corporation.[2][3]

Palestine and their Nakba[edit]

One of the main focuses of Esber's work has been the Palestinian accounts of their evacuation from their homes on the cusp of the Partition of Palestine which they refer to as the Nakba, or catastrophe. She is recognized for her book, Under the Cover of War: The Zionist Expulsion of the Palestinians.[4] Of the book, Nur Masalha wrote, "Esber’s work both challenges and complements the archival historiography of 1948."[4] Mustafa Kabha of Open University in Israel wrote in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, "Esber contributes significantly in further elucidating the Palestinian narrative of 1948" while still applying critical analysis to it.[5] For the book, she interviewed 126 Palestinians, men and women who evacuated in 1948 and 1949 and found refuge in Jordan and Lebanon.[6]

Arab Americans in the Southern United States[edit]

Esber won the 2012-13 Charlton Oral History Research Grant from Baylor University for her proposal "Arab Americans in the Southern United States". Her aim is to contrast the perception that diversity is an inherently Northern urban phenomenon by documenting three waves of Arab immigration to America which began as early as the 1880s.[7][8]

Published works[edit]


  • War and Arab displacement in Mandate Palestine, 29 November 1947 to 15 May 1948 (2004, University of London)
  • Under the Cover of War: The Zionist Expulsion of the Palestinians (2008, Arabicus Books)



  1. ^ "Rosemarie M. Esber". Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Institute of Oral History News". Baylor University. 2012-08-20. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  3. ^ "Download - World Bank". World Bank. Retrieved 2012-12-06. Thanks are due to the many colleagues at the Institute for Health Policy in Sri Lanka who responded to queries with invaluable information. Alicia Hetmer and Rosemary Esber edited the final report. 
  4. ^ a b Nur Masalha (2009). "Expanding the Archives" (PDF). Journal of Palestine Studies: 159–60. Esber’s work both challenges and complements the archival historiography of 1948. 
  5. ^ Mustafa Kabha (November 2011). "Rosemarie M. Esber, Under the Cover of War: The Zionist Expulsion of the Palestinians". International Journal of Middle East Studies. 43 (4): 772–3. doi:10.1017/s0020743811001115. 
  6. ^ Robert Fisk (2008-11-01). "Arabs have to rely on Britain and Israel for their history". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-12-06. Rosemarie Esber, for example, has put her degrees from London and Johns Hopkins universities to good use.... 
  7. ^ "Baylor University - Institute for Oral History - Charlton Oral History Grant". Baylor University. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  8. ^ Rosemarie Esber. "Arab Americans in the Southern United States - Proposal Narrative" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-12-05.