Dean Hollis Robbins comes to Sonoma State University from Johns Hopkins University, where she was from 2011-2017 chair of the Department of Humanities at the Peabody Institute and from 2014-2017 Director of Hopkins’s Center for Africana Studies. She was the 2014 winner of the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2017-2018 Dr. Robbins was a fellow at the National Humanities Center in Durham, NC.
Dr. Robbins is a noted scholar of nineteenth-century American and African American literature, film, and poetry. Her book Forms of Contention: the African American Sonnet Tradition is currently under contract with the University of Georgia Press. She has edited or co-edited five books; the most recent, the Penguin Portable Nineteenth Century African American Women Writers, co-edited with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2017. Dr. Robbins is also the author of numerous book chapters and essays in both peer-reviewed journals and the popular press.
Dr. Robbins holds a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University; an M.A. in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder; an M.P.P. from Harvard University; and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins.