- BA, Florida State University
- MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- PhD, University of Florida
Dr. Robin Brooks is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Africana Studies. Her research and teaching interests include 20th and 21st century literature, particularly African-American, Caribbean, and American multiethnic literatures, as well as feminist theories and postcolonial studies. Currently, she is working on her book manuscript tentatively entitled Class Interruptions: Inequality and Division in African Diasporic Women's Fiction, which examines how writers use literary portrayals of class to critique inequalities and divisions in the U.S. and Anglophone Caribbean. She spent a fellowship year abroad in Jamaica performing research for the study. Additionally, Dr. Brooks is a proud native of Miami, Florida. After receiving the International Baccalaureate Diploma from North Miami Senior High School, she attended Florida State University on a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa a year early. Before joining the University of Pittsburgh, she was a Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of San Diego and a Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of South Florida.
- Modern Language Association (MLA)
- College Language Association (CLA)
- The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS)
- Working Class Studies Association (WCSA)
- National Council for Black Studies (NCBS)
- "The Power of Black Feminism: Shaping a Journey to Destiny." Lifewriting Annual: Biographical and Autobiographical Studies 5.1. Forthcoming.
- "Black, Female, and Teaching Social Justice: Transformative Pedagogy for Challenging Times." Black Women and Social Justice Education: Legacies and Lessons, edited by Stephanie Y. Evans, Andrea Domingue, and Tania Mitchell. New York: SUNY Press, Forthcoming.
- "Manifestations of Ogun Symbolism in Paule Marshall's Praisesong for the Widow." Journal of Africana Religions 2.2 (2014): 161-183.
- "Uptown and Downtown: A Conversation on Class Stratification with Diana McCaulay." Jamaica Journal 35.1-2 (2014): 94-99.
- "New Dance Steps to a Jamaican Beat: A Conversation with Olive Senior." Caribbean Women: Riding the Waves of Resistance. Spec. issue of ProudFlesh; New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics & Consciousness 8 (2013): 61-68.
Recent Conference Presentations
- June 2017 - "Rivals?: Contesting African American and Caribbean Strife via Fiction." Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) Conference. Nassau, Bahamas.
- March 2017 - "A Social Justice Approach: Teaching Africana Literature in a Smartphone Era." National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) Conference. Houston, Texas.
- March 2016 - "True Life Stories: (Un) Performing Destructive Family Legacies." The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) Conference. Charleston, SC.
- May 2015 - "Portrayals of Working Class Life in Toni Morrison's Literary Works." Fighting Inequality - Joint Conference of the Labor and Working-Class Studies Association. Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
- April 2015 - "Tavis Smiley, Iyania Vanzant: Slave Narrative Traditions and Contemporary Memoirs." College Language Association (CLA) Conference, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
- World Literature in English
- Introduction to Africana Studies
- Introduction to African Literature
- Contemporary Caribbean Literature
- Man/Woman Literature
- Africana Urban Woman