Dr Stephen Robinson

Lecturer: American Studies

School of Humanities, Religion and Philosophy

E: s.robinson@yorksj.ac.uk

T: +44 (0)1904 876269

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BA Hons (Southampton), MPhil (Cambridge), PhD (Southampton)

Dr Stephen Robinson was appointed Lecturer in American Studies in September 2015. He previously taught at the University of Southampton, Royal Holloway, University of London, and the University of Winchester.

Stephen specialises in American social and cultural history, with a particular emphasis on African American history. He is currently writing a student-focused biography of the African American leader Booker T. Washington (under contract, ABC-CLIO).



Stephen teaches on a range of modules, which include: American Foundations (Level 1); Cinema and Society (Level 1); Making of Modern America: 1877-1929 (Level 2); From Slavery to Freedom: The Black Experience in America (Level 2); The Age of Anxiety: Culture and Society in the USA, 1929-1960 (Level 2); Cinema of Conflict: Trauma and American Film and TV (Level 3).

Publications and Conferences

Journal Articles

‘African American Citizenship, the 1883 Civil Rights Cases, and the Creation of the Jim Crow South’, History: The Journal of the Historical Association, 102 (April 2017), pp. 225-241.

‘The New Career of Jim Crow’, Reviews in American History, 44 (September 2016), pp. 457-464.

“To think, act, vote, and speak for ourselves’: Black Democrats and Black ‘agency’ in the American South after Reconstruction’, Journal of Social History, 48 (Winter 2014), pp. 363-382.

‘Rethinking Black Urban Politics in the 1880s: The Case of William Gaston in Post-Reconstruction Alabama’, Alabama Review, 66 (January 2013), pp. 3-29.

Conference and Seminar Papers

‘The (Re) Presentation of Fannie Lou Hamer: Race, Gender and Celebrity in the Civil Rights Movement’, IHR Gender and History in the Americas Seminar, June 2016 [available as podcast via IHR website]

‘Henry Watterson, White Manhood and the Creation of the New South’, IHR North American History Seminar, January 2016

‘Revisiting the 1883 Civil Rights Cases: Civil Rights, the Supreme Court and the American South in the 1880s’, British Association of American Nineteenth Century Historians (Br-ANCH) Conference, Rice University, Houston, Texas, April 2014

Recent Book Reviews

Review: Enduring Truths: Sojourner’s Shadows and Substance, by Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, Journal of Southern History, 83 (May 2017), pp. 171-173.


Stephen's next project will be a study of celebrity culture in America, 1900-1930.