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] Robbins is a noted expert in the field of nineteenth-century African American poetry.[3] 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.

Robbins has edited several 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 recently edited a Penguin edition of Frances E.W. Harper's 1892 novel Iola Leroy.[10] Robbins and Gates are currently editing an anthology of nineteenth century Black women's writing.

Robbins 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]

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
  • "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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