Hollis Robbins (born 1963[1]) is an American academic and essayist; Robbins currently serves as dean of humanities at University of Utah.[2] Her scholarship focuses on African-American literature.[3]

Hollis Robbins
Robbins in 2015
Born1963 (age 60–61)
NationalityAmerican
Academic background
EducationJohns Hopkins University (BA)
Harvard University (MPP)
University of Colorado Boulder (MA)
Princeton University (PhD)
Academic work
Institutions
Writing career
Occupation
LanguageEnglish

Education and early career

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Robbins was born and raised in New Hampshire.[4][5] She entered Johns Hopkins University at the age of 16 and received her B.A. in 1983.[6] From 1986 to 1988 Robbins worked at The New Yorker magazine in the marketing and promotions department.[7] She received a master's degree in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 1990, and subsequently enrolled as a doctoral student in the department of communication at Stanford University in 1991.[8]

After working in politics and public policy in California and Colorado, Robbins returned to school to pursue an M.A. in English literature from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1998, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2003, where her dissertation focused on the literary representations of bureaucracy in 19th-century British and American literature.[9][10]

Academic career

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After receiving her Ph.D., from 2004 to 2006, Robbins was an assistant professor of English at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.[11] In 2004 she also became co-director with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. of the Black Periodical Literature Project at Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.[12] From 2006 to 2017 Robbins was a faculty member and then chair of the department of humanities at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University[13] where she taught a class in film music with Thomas Dolby.[14] Robbins was the director of the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins, from 2014 to 2017.[15] From 2014 to 2018, she served on the faculty editorial board of the Johns Hopkins University Press[16] and from 2011 to 2017 served on the board of the $400M Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union.[17] She won the 2014 Johns Hopkins University Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award,[18] a 2015 Johns Hopkins University Discovery Award,[19] and a 2017–2018 fellowship from the National Humanities Center.[20]

Robbins became dean of humanities at the University of Utah on July 1, 2022.[21] Previously, from 2018 to 2022, she was dean of the school of arts and humanities at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California.[22] Her research focuses on African American history and literature.[23] In 2004, she began collaborating with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and co-edited In Search of Hannah Crafts: Essays on The Bondwoman's Narrative (2004). She also co-edited The Annotated 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' (2007) with Gates.[24][25] She has also written on higher education[26][27][28] as well as African American poetry[29][30] and film music.[31] She is also a published poet.[32][33][34]

Selected publications

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As author

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  • — (2003). "The Emperor's New Critique". New Literary History. 34 (4). Johns Hopkins University Press: 659–675. doi:10.1353/nlh.2004.0010. ISSN 1080-661X. OCLC 1296558. S2CID 170513535. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  • — (2009). "Fugitive Mail: The Deliverance of Henry 'Box' Brown and Antebellum Postal Politics" (PDF). American Studies. Spring/Summer 2009. 50 (1/2). Mid-America American Studies Association: 5–25. ISSN 0026-3079. OCLC 00818197. Archived from the original on July 18, 2019. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  • — (2014). "23. Killing Time: Dracula and Social Discoordination". In Whitman, Glen; Dow, James (eds.). Economics of the Undead: Zombies, Vampires, and the Dismal Science. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 239–248. ISBN 978-1-4422-3503-8. OCLC 1100669007. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  • — (2015). "Django Unchained: Repurposing Western Film Music". Safundi. 16 (3). South African and American Studies: 280–290. doi:10.1080/17533171.2015.1057022. ISSN 1753-3171. S2CID 143313188.
  • — (2020). Forms of Contention: Influence and the African American sonnet tradition. Athens: University of Georgia Press. ISBN 978-0-8203-5764-5. OCLC 1238066484.

As editor

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See also

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References

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  1. ^ "Robbins, Hollis, 1963-". The Library of Congress. Archived from the original on March 31, 2021. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  2. ^ "The U Welcomes Dr. Hollis Robbins as the New Dean of Humanities". 23 May 2022.
  3. ^ Agnes, Callard. "Black Intellectuals and the Literary Canon". Night Owls. Retrieved 15 October 2022.
  4. ^ Robbins, Hollis. "Laundering Little Women". The American Mind. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  5. ^ "A Song Called Life". A Song Called Life. May 5, 2021. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  6. ^ Robbins, Hollis (17 July 2020). "Finding Freedom from the Familiar". National Humanities Center. Archived from the original on March 31, 2021. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  7. ^ "A Song Called Life". A Song Called Life. May 5, 2021. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  8. ^ Rothman, Michael; — (1991). "Government regulation of gambling advertising: Replacing vice prevention with consumer protection". Journal of Gambling Studies. 7 (4). Springer Science+Business Media: 337–360. doi:10.1007/BF01023750. ISSN 1573-3602. OCLC 299333735. PMID 24243220. S2CID 12284985.
  9. ^ McCabe, Bret (December 2017). "Talking with Hollis Robbins". JHU Hub. Retrieved 15 October 2022.
  10. ^ "About the Dean". School of Arts & Humanities at Sonoma State University. May 16, 2017. Archived from the original on September 6, 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  11. ^ Parks, Casey (December 16, 2004). "Rise of the 'Religious Left'". Jackson Free Press. Archived from the original on March 31, 2021. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  12. ^ "Black Periodical Literature Project".
  13. ^ "Hollis Robbins Named 2017-18 National Humanities Center Delta Delta Delta Fellow". The Peabody Post. The Peabody Institute. April 1, 2017. Archived from the original on June 25, 2019. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  14. ^ "A year after arriving, Thomas Dolby sees optimism in Baltimore". 25 November 2015.
  15. ^ "Hollis Robbins". Center for Africana Studies. Johns Hopkins University. April 3, 2017. Archived from the original on December 15, 2019. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  16. ^ "The Johns Hopkins University Press - JHU Press Faculty Editorial Board". Archived from the original on May 13, 2016. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  17. ^ "JHFCU Money Matters Newsletter by Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union - Issuu". 31 January 2011.
  18. ^ "Hollis Robbins will receive JHU Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award". The Peabody Post. April 2, 2014. Archived from the original on May 27, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  19. ^ "2015 Awardees". Johns Hopkins University. 30 March 2016. Archived from the original on May 3, 2017. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  20. ^ "National Humanities Center Names Fellows for 2017-18". National Humanities Center. March 29, 2017. Archived from the original on September 6, 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  21. ^ "The U Welcomes Dr. Hollis Robbins as the New Dean of Humanities". 23 May 2022.
  22. ^ "SSU Appoints New Dean of Arts and Humanities". Sonoma State University. June 4, 2018. Archived from the original on December 4, 2020. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  23. ^ McCabe, Bret (Winter 2017). "Talking with Hollis Robbins". Johns Hopkins Magazine. Archived from the original on July 11, 2018. Retrieved January 2, 2021.
  24. ^ Updike, John (November 29, 2006). "Down the River. The annotated 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'". The New Yorker. New York: Condé Nast. ISSN 0028-792X. OCLC 320541675. Archived from the original on January 26, 2021. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  25. ^ Rothstein, Edward (October 23, 2006). "Digging Through the Literary Anthropology of Stowe's Uncle Tom". The New York Times. New York. ISSN 1553-8095. OCLC 1645522. Archived from the original on January 27, 2021. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  26. ^ Robbins, Hollis (February 16, 2021). "Colleges should build their own social media platforms instead of relying on Facebook (opinion)". Inside Higher Ed. Archived from the original on 2021-03-01. Retrieved 2021-03-31.
  27. ^ Robbins, Hollis (17 October 2018). "A Reactionary Renaming: Stanford and English Language Politics". BLARB. Archived from the original on December 19, 2020. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  28. ^ Carson, Robert; — (November 29, 2019). "Race in America. Susan Sontag: Race, Class, and the Limits of Style". The American Interest. Vol. 15, no. 4. The American Interest LLC. ISSN 1556-5777. OCLC 180161622. Archived from the original on January 25, 2021. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  29. ^ Robbins, Hollis. "For Maya Angelou: "The Caged Bird Sings" [by Hollis Robbins]". The Best American Poetry. Archived from the original on August 7, 2020. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  30. ^ "Hollis Robbins at NHC". Archived from the original on April 23, 2018. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  31. ^ — (July 2016). "U.S. History in 70 mm - The Hateful Eight (2015)". The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. 15 (3). Society for Historians of the Gilded Age & Progressive Era (United States). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 368–370. doi:10.1017/S1537781416000074. ISSN 1537-7814. S2CID 163505610. Review of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight
  32. ^ Robbins, Hollis. "Poetry. Hollis Robbins". Archived from the original on August 31, 2018. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  33. ^ Robbins, Hollis. "Poetry. His Paws Upon The Dish by Hollis Robbins". Archived from the original on February 23, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  34. ^ Robbins, Hollis. "Poetry. Pond by Hollis Robbins". Archived from the original on January 21, 2020. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
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