Hollis Robbins

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Hollis Robbins (born in 1963) is an American academic and scholar in the humanities, specializing in literature and poetry.

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Robbins is Chair of the Department of Humanities at the Peabody Institute[1] and Director of the Center for Africana Studies at the Johns Hopkins University.[2] Winner of the 2014 Johns Hopkins University Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award [3] Robbins is a noted expert in the field of nineteenth-century African American literature.[4] 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[5] and as an adviser of the Black Periodical Literature Project at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. From 2004-2006 Robbins was an Assistant Professor of English at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.

Robbins coedited two books with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: The Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin (2006) and In Search of Hannah Crafts: Essays on The Bondwoman's Narrative (2003).[6][7] She also co-edited The Works of William Wells Brown with Paula Garrett (2006) [6] and recently edited a Penguin edition of Frances E.W. Harper's 1892 novel Iola Leroy.[8] Her poetry has been published in The Cortland Review, Mezzo Cammin, Per Contra, Boston Literary Magazine, and other literary journals.

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Selected articles[edit]

  • “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
  • "Fugtive 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 [2]
  • “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.[3]


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