Robin Brooks

  • Assistant Professor


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

  • 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