Robert P.
Assistant Professor
Phone number
(212) 237-8173
Room number
9.63.04 New Building
Graduate Certificate, Africana Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2020) Graduate Certificate, Interactive Technology & Pedagogy, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2020) 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., Humboldt State University (2004, English Language Arts; Ethnic American Literatures)  

Robert P. Robinson is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at John Jay College, Doctoral Faculty in the Interactive Technology & Pedagogy Program, and Adjunct Professor in the Urban Education Program 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 prospective 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, Human Services & Community Justice, Interdisciplinary Studies, Gender Studies
Courses Taught
Current Course Interactive Technology & Pedagogy Core 2   Previous Courses 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 Assocation History of Education Society Association for the Study of African American Life & History
National Council for Black Studies
Scholarly Work

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.

Honors and Awards
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