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Barry Robinson, Ph.D.

Barry Robinson

Associate Professor, History Department

Chair, History Department

Biography

Dr. Barry Robinson joined the Queens faculty in fall 2012. He was the recipient of the Joseph W. Grier Distinguished Professor Award in 2017. 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, historical geography, digital humanities, colonialism, nationalism, ethnohistory, and the transatlantic slave trade.

Dr. 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 co-edited a volume on the African Diaspora in the Americas, entitled Slaves, Subjects, and Subversives: Blacks in Colonial Latin America. Dr. Robinson has also published on the role of women in Mexican independence and the use of GIS technology in the teaching of history.

Dr. Robinson led a GIS-based public history project to develop an interactive map of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor (GGCHC). In collaboration with the GGCHC Commission, and with support from the North Carolina Humanities Council, he and his students created an ArcGIS Story Map showcasing more than 200 sites within the corridor, with narrative context and accompanying imagery. The digital map is now hosted on the GGCHC Commission website.

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, Dr. Robinson has traveled and studied extensively in Latin America and Europe. He continues to journey abroad with students and to conduct archival research. 

Education

Ph.D., History, Vanderbilt University
M.A., Latin American History, Vanderbilt University
B.A., History and Spanish, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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