Robin W. Winks (December 5, 1930 – April 7, 2003) was an American academic, historian, diplomat and writer. He was the Randolph Townsend Professor of History at Yale University and Master of Berkeley Residential College at Yale University. At the University of Oxford, he also served as Eastman Professor and as Harmsworth Professor.
In 2003, the year of his death, Winks completed with his co-author, R.J.Q. Adams of Texas A&M University, the book entitled Europe, Crisis and Conflict: 1890–1945, published by Oxford University Press. A reviewer describes this work, accordingly, "The first half of the 20th century was of one of the most turbulent periods in Europe's history. While social theorists challenged orthodox ways of thinking about the establishment of a 'good society,' scientists offered up new visions of the workings of the universe. . . . change and controversy reigned in the worlds of art and culture. The chaos of world politics ushered in the two great wars, which would forever alter Europe's position in the world. [The book]offers a concise, accessible overview of this tumultuous time period. . . . Topics covered include the rise of modernism in the arts, Social Darwinism and its effects on theories of race, the making of 'national' identities, the origins of the modern ecology movement, and the changing roles of women . . . [Adams and Winks] thoroughly analyze the causes and effects of the two great wars, while reaching beyond Europe to discuss the events [elsewhere] . . .
The most widely held works by Winks include:
- The Historian as Detective; Essays on Evidence; 1 edition published in 1969 in English and held by 1,616 libraries worldwide
- Cloak & Gown: Scholars in the Secret War, 1939–1961; 8 editions published between 1987 and 1996 in English and held by 1,231 libraries worldwide
- Mystery and Suspense Writers: the Literature of Crime, Detection, and Espionage; 2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,175 libraries worldwide
- The Blacks in Canada; a History; 12 editions published between 1971 and 2004 in English and held by 1,055 libraries worldwide
- British imperialism: Gold, God, Glory; 5 editions published between 1963 and 1973 in English and held by 929 libraries worldwide
- Canada and the United States: the Civil War Years; 6 editions published between 1960 and 1998 in English and held by 895 libraries worldwide
- Detective Fiction: a Collection of Critical Essays; 4 editions published between 1980 and 1988 in English and held by 879 libraries worldwide
- The Age of Imperialism; 2 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 855 libraries worldwide
- The Historiography of the British Empire–Commonwealth; Trends, Interpretations and Resources; 2 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 739 libraries worldwide
- Modus operandi: an Excursion into Detective Fiction; 3 editions published between 1981 and 1990 in English and held by 662 libraries worldwide
- Slavery: a Comparative Perspective; Readings on Slavery from Ancient Times to the Present; 1 edition published in 1972 in English and held by 601 libraries worldwide
- Colloquium on Crime: Eleven Renowned Mystery Writers Discuss their Work; 1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 590 libraries worldwide
- Frederick Billings: a Life; 3 editions published between 1991 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 589 libraries worldwide
- Asia in Western Fiction; (with James R. Rush) 6 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 568 libraries worldwide
- Recent Trends and New Literature in Canadian History; 5 editions published between 1959 and 1967 in English and held by 525 libraries worldwide
- An American's Guide to Britain; 5 editions published between 1977 and 1987 in English and held by 512 libraries worldwide
- Laurance S. Rockefeller: Catalyst for Conservation; 4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 407 libraries worldwide
- Adrian, Jack. "Professor Robin Winks; Historian of unusually varied interests," The Independent (London). April 12, 2003.
- Edmonds, Douglas. "Robin Winks: An Appreciation," American Review of Canadian Studies, Vol. 34, 2004.
- Lewis, Paul. "Robin Winks, 72, Scholar, Parks Advocate and Author," New York Times. April 10, 2003.
- Reinstein, Gila. "In Memoriam: Robin Winks," Yale Bulletin & Calendar (University Office of Public Affairs). April 8, 2003.
- Winks, Robin W. (1996). Cloak & Gown: Scholars in the Secret War, 1939–1961. New Haven: Yale University Press. 10-ISBN 0-300-06524-8/13-ISBN 978-0-300-06524-4; OCLC 34671805
- C. Vann Woodward papers, 1804–2000. Yale University
- Robin William Winks papers, 1950–2001. Yale University
- Records of the Bicentennial Committee for International Conferences of Americanists, 1973–1977 by Bicentennial Committee for International Conferences of Americanists.
- Records of the United States Bicentennial Committee, Yale University, 1970–1977. Yale University
- New Zealand Electronic Text Centre
- Fulbright New Zealand: Robin W. and Avril Flockton Winks Award, 2009 Grantees Booklet, p. 10.