- BA, Florida State University
- MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- PhD, University of Florida
On Research Leave (2019-2020)
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 Haves and the Have-Nots: Globalization and Human Rights in McCaulay’s Dog-Heart.” Journal of West Indian Literature, vol. 26, no. 1, 2018, pp. 70-91.
- “R.I.P. Shirts or Shirts of the Movement: Reading the Death Paraphernalia of Black Lives.” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, vol. 41, no. 4, 2018.
- “Looking to Foremothers for Strength: A Brief Biography of the Colored Woman’s League.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 47, no. 6, 2018, pp. 609-616.
- “A Dangerous Single Story: Dispelling Stereotypes through African Literature.” Journal of Pan African Studies, vol. 12, no. 1, 2018, pp. 21-41.
- "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. SUNY Press, 2019.
Recent Conference Presentations
- December 2018 - “Engaging the Digital in the Classroom: Beta Tests, Trial Runs and Guinea Pigs.” The Caribbean Digital V Conference. St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
- November 2018 - “Working-Class Populations: Appearances and Absences in News and Documentary Media.” American Studies Association Conference. Atlanta, GA.
- June 2018 - “Genuine or Opportunistic Relationships in Oonya Kempadoo’s Fiction.” Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) Conference. Havana, Cuba.
- March 2017 - “A Social Justice Approach: Teaching Africana Literature in a Smartphone Era.” National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) Conference. Houston, TX.
- 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.
- World Literature in English
- Introduction to Africana Studies
- Introduction to African Literature
- Contemporary Caribbean Literature
- Man/Woman Literature
- Africana Urban Woman