Hollis Robbins

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Hollis Robbins (born 1963) is an American academic, scholar, and essayist in the humanities, who writes about literature, poetry, and higher education.

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Hollis Robbins is Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California. Previously, she was Chair of the Department of Humanities at the Peabody Institute[1] of the Johns Hopkins University as well as the Director of the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins, from 2014-2017.[2] Robbins is a noted expert in the field of nineteenth-century African American literature[3] and recently co-edited with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. an anthology of African American women's writing. Robbins' work focuses primarily on nineteenth and early twentieth century black print culture;[4] she is affiliated with the Black Press Research Collective and serves as an advisor to the Black Periodical Literature Project at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. Robbins has been the winner of numerous awards and fellowship including the 2014 Johns Hopkins University Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award,[5] a 2015 Johns Hopkins University Discovery Award, and a fellowship from the National Humanities Center.[6]

Robbins received a B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University, a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 1990, an M.A. in English literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2003. Robbins serves on the Faculty Editorial Board of the Johns Hopkins University Press[7] From 2004-2006 Robbins was an Assistant Professor of English at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.

Previously, Robbins edited several other books with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., including The Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin (2006) and In Search of Hannah Crafts: Essays on The Bondwoman's Narrative (2003).[8][9] She also co-edited The Works of William Wells Brown (2006) with Paula Garrett [8] and an edition of Frances E.W. Harper's 1892 novel Iola Leroy.[10]

Robbins's essays on higher education have appeared in Inside Higher Education, LA Review of Books, and The American Interest, among other journals. Robbins also writes and publishes on African American poets and on film music.[11] Her own poetry has been published in The Cortland Review, Mezzo Cammin, Per Contra, Boston Literary Magazine and other literary journals, and has been set to music by Peabody composers.[12]

Books edited[edit]

  • Portable Nineteenth Century African American Women Writers. Penguin Classics (2017). [1]
  • Frances E. W Harper's Iola Leroy, or, Shadows Uplifted. Penguin Classics (2010). [2]
  • The Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin. Eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Hollis Robbins W.W. Norton (2006) ISBN 0-393-05946-4
  • The Works of William Wells Brown. Oxford UP. (2006) ISBN 0-19-530963-4
  • In Search of Hannah Crafts: Essays on The Bondwoman's Narrative. Eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Hollis Robbins Basic/Civitas (2004) ISBN 0-465-02708-3

Selected articles[edit]

  • Neary, Janet, and Hollis Robbins. "African American Literature of the Gold Rush." Mapping Region in Early American Writing (2015): 226.
  • "Django Unchained: Repurposing Western Film Music" Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies Volume 16, Issue 3, 2015, 280-290.
  • “Killing Time: Dracula and Social Discoordination.” Economics of the Undead: Zombies, Vampires, and the Dismal Science. Eds. Glen Whitman & James P. Dow. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.Excerpt
  • "Fugitive Mail: The Deliverance of Henry Box Brown," American Studies, 50:1/2 (Spring/Summer 2009): 5-30
  • "The Emperor's New Critique," New Literary History - Volume 34, Number 4, Autumn 2003, pp. 659–675
  • "A Menstrual Lesson for Girls: Maria Edgeworth's "The Purple Jar," in Menstruation A Cultural History edited by Andrew Shail and Gillian Howie. Palgrave Macmillan, 2005 [3]
  • “Flushing Away Sentiment: Water Politics in The Custom of the Country,” Edith Wharton’s Custom of the Country. Eds. Isabelle Boof-Vermesse and Anne Ullmo-Michel. Paris: Ellipses, 2000.
  • "Government Regulation of Gambling Advertising: Replacing Vice Prevention With Consumer Protection," with Michael B. Rothman. Journal of Gambling Studies, Vol. 7, Winter 1991.[4]


  1. ^ Faculty Bio http://peabody.jhu.edu/faculty/hollis-robbins/
  2. ^ "Hollis Robbins". Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Hopkins Magazine interview". December 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Hollis Robbins at NHC". Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Hollis Robbins will receive JHU Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award". The Peabody Post. 2014-04-02. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  6. ^ http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/nhc-names-fellows-2017-18/
  7. ^ "The Johns Hopkins University Press - JHU Press Faculty Editorial Board". Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2011-05-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Perseus". 2017-06-29.
  10. ^ Iola Leroy https://www.amazon.com/Leroy-Frances-Ellen-Watkins-Harper/dp/014310604X
  11. ^ "U.S. History in 70 MM." [review of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight] The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. 15 (3): 368–370. July 2016.
  12. ^ http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/past_issues/spring10/finding_their_voice.html

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