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Barry Robinson , Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor , History Department
  • Department Chair
  • College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Barry Robinson joined the Queens faculty in Fall 2012. He offers a variety of courses in Latin American and world history, and participates in Queens' interdisciplinary general education program. Particular areas of interest include Latin American independence, ethnohistory, historical geography, digital humanities, colonialism, nationalism, and the transatlantic slave trade.

Robinson's research centers on the end of colonialism in Latin America. His book, The Mark of Rebels: Indios Fronterizos and Mexican Independence, was published by the University of Alabama Press in 2016. The project examines social and cultural transformations among the indigenous communities of western Mexico preceding and during the struggle for independence.   He has also published on the role of women in Mexican independence and the use of GIS technology in the teaching of history. He co-edited a volume on the African Diaspora in the Americas, entitled Slaves, Subjects, and Subversives: Blacks in Colonial Latin America.

Dr. Robinson views teaching and learning as a conversation, and his goal in the classroom is to equip students with the means to participate more fully in the dialogue. He tries to continually innovate his teaching by staying actively involved in the learning process, working through new concepts and material alongside his students. Experiential and Problem-Based-Learning assignments often feature prominently in his courses, including role-playing simulations, archival research experiences, and mapping projects. He emphasizes the human drama of history as a way to help students connect to historical narratives.

Born and raised in North Carolina, Robinson has traveled, studied, and worked extensively in Latin America and Europe. He continues to journey abroad with students and to conduct archival research.


  • Ph.D.  - Latin American History; Vanderbilt University
  • M.A.  - History; Vanderbilt University
  • B.A.  - Spanish and History; The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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