Dr Stephen Robinson

Lecturer: American Studies

School of Humanities, Religion and Philosophy

E: s.robinson@yorksj.ac.uk

T: +44 (0)1904 876275

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

Dr Stephen Robinson was appointed Lecturer in American Studies in September 2015, having 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 race and ethnicity in the USA, the US South, and American cultural memory.

Stephen is currently writing a book on Booker T. Washington, the leading black spokesman at the turn of the twentieth century (under contract, ABC-CLIO). He is also co-developing a new project on the representation of the Reconstruction era in American film.

Profile

Teaching

Stephen teaches on a range of undergraduate modules, which include:

  • American Foundations (Level 1)
  • Cinema and Society (Level 1)
  • American Studies at Work (Level 2)
  • 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)

He also co-ordinates and teaches on the MA American Studies programme.

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

‘Booker T. Washington: Up From Slavery and African American Celebrity’, Southern Studies in the UK Network (SSUKN) colloquium: ‘Studying the South’, 26 August 2017

‘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]

‘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.