Robert P. Robinson

Robert P. Robinson

Assistant Professor
Phone number: 
(646) 557-4764
Room number and address: 
9.63.09 New Building


Graduate Certificate, Africana Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2020)
Graduate Certificate, Interactive Technology & Pedagogy, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2020)
Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY (2020, Urban Education)
MPhil., The Graduate Center, CUNY (2018, Urban Education)
M.A., San Diego State University, (2009, Education--Curriculum & Instruction)
Secondary Teaching Credential (2007, English Language Arts)
B.A., Humboldt State University (2004, English Language Arts; Ethnic American Literatures)


Robert P. Robinson is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at John Jay College, Doctoral Faculty in the Interactive Technology & Pedagogy Program, and Adjunct Professor in the Urban Education Program at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Prior to higher education, he was a K-12 educator and mentor for 11 years. His broad research and teaching focus on the Black Freedom Movement, Black education history, Blackqueer studies, digital humanities, history of education, and curriculum studies. His prospective book project is a history of the Black Panther Party’s Oakland Community School (OCS) as a site for understanding Black self-determination, the shift in mainstream curriculum and pedagogy, and the Black radical imagination in education.

JJC Affiliations

Africana Studies, Human Services & Community Justice, Interdisciplinary Studies, Gender Studies

Professional Memberships

History of Education Society
Association for the Study of African American Life & History
National Council for Black Studies
American Educational Research Assocation

Course Taught

Current Courses
AFR 123: Justice, the Individual, & Struggle in the African American Experience 

AFR 317: Environmental Racism

Previous Courses
Interactive Technology & Pedagogy Core 2 (At the Graduate Center, CUNY)
Edu 100--Education & Justice
BlackQueer Lives & Pedagogies (At The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Social Work Policy
Sex, Gender, & Justice in a Global Context
Reading & Writing Youth Cultures
English Language Arts Methods
Black Freedom Movement Education
Alternative Education
Principles of Education in a Pluralistic Society
Race & the Nation
Research & Writing
Grad School 101

Scholarly Work

Robinson, R.P. (2021) "Teaching Black Lives Amidst Black Death: Reflections from a Black Visiting Professor," Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education: Vol.4: Iss.2.

Jones, S.P. & Robinson, R.P. (2021) "Reflections on the Politics of Professionalism: Critical Autoethnographies of Antiblackness in the ELA Classroom," Northwest Journal of Teacher Education: Vol. 16 : Iss. 2.

Robinson, R.P. (2020) "Until the Revolution: Analyzing the Politics, Pedagogy, and Curriculum of the Oakland Community School," Espacio, Tiempo y Educación Vol.7: Iss.1.

Robinson, R.P. (2019) "A New Diagnosis: Rethinking Normativity,” in Key Concepts in Curriculum: Perspectives on the Fundamentals by Bolden et al. Taylor & Francis, New York, NY.

Robinson, R.P. (2017) “AVID About College: A Look into AVID’s Governing Structure” in The Business of Education Networks of Power & Wealth in America by Spring et al. Routledge, New York, NY.

Honors and Awards

Open Access Publication Award, 2023
COVID Recovery Grant, 2023
Faculty Fellowship Publication Program 2022-23
BRESI Curriculum Grant, 2022-2023
Social Justice Teaching Fellowship, 2021-2022
Mellon Humanities in Action Grant, 2021
Early Research Initiative Archival Award in African American & African Diaspora Studies, 2017-2019
Lost & Found Archival Fellowship Grant--Center for the Humanities, 2018 & 2019
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2017 & 2018



Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Civil Rights & Liberties
Racial & Social Justice
Women / Gender Justice

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

Social Movements
Black Freedom Movement
Urban Education
History of Education
Black Education History
In The Media