Robin Brooks

  • Assistant Professor of Africana Studies


4158 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Curriculum Vitae



  • 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.

Professional Affiliations/Activities

  • 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)

Recent Publications

  • "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