Robin Brooks

  • Assistant Professor


4158 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Curriculum Vitae



  • BA, Florida State University
  • MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • PhD, University of Florida

On Research Leave (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.

Professional Affiliations/Activities

  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)
  • 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 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

  • September 2020 - “Scripting Trauma: Life Writing and Everyday People’s Lives.” The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Conference. Montgomery, AL (Virtually). 
  • November 2019 - “Like Mary J: Searching for Real Love in Toni Morrison’s Work and Uncovering #MeToo.” Tenth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD). Williamsburg, VA. 
  • 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