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Robert P.
Assistant Professor
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9.63.09 New Building
  • Graduate Certificates, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2020, Africana Studies; Interactive Technology & Pedagogy)
  • 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. cum laude, Humboldt State University [now Cal-Poly Humboldt]  (2004, English Education; Ethnic American Literatures)



Robert P. Robinson is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at John Jay College and Doctoral Faculty in Urban Education and Interactive Technology & Pedagogy 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 forthcoming 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, Gender Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies
Courses Taught

Fall Courses 2024

  • AFR 123--Justice, the Individual, & Struggle in African American Experience
  • UED 70400--Pedagogy & the Urban Classroom (At The Graduate Center, CUNY)

Previous Courses

  • AFR 317--Environmental Racism
  • ITCP 70020 Interactive Tech. & Pedagogy Core II (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
Professional Memberships
  • American Educational Research Association
  • History of Education Society
  • Association for the Study of African American Life & History
  • National Council for Black Studies
Scholarly Work

Robinson, R.P. (2024) "To the Famous Jett Jackson: A Midnight Essay on Black Possibility," Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Spring 2024

Robinson, R.P. & Jones, S.P. (2023) Left Behind but not Left Alone: Testimonies of Black Preservice Experiences with White Cooperating Teachers, Journal for Multicultural Education

Robinson, R.P. & Bell, J (2023) Dreaming Beyond Education Policy: A BlackCrit Analysis of ESEA and ESSA, Journal for Multicultural Education

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.

Robinson, R.P., Laksimi-Morrow, S. Menjívar, J, Vogel, S.  (2017) Special Issue on #BlackLivesMatter, Theory, Research and Action in Urban Education (TRAUE), Vol.5: Iss.1

Honors and Awards
  • PSC-CUNY Grant, 2024
  • COVID Recovery Grant, 2023
  • 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