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Hollis Robbins (on sabbatical leave 2017-2018) has taught at the Peabody Conservatory since 2006, serving as chair of the Humanities department from 2011-2017.  Robbins is the winner of the 2014 Johns Hopkins University Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award, the winner of a $100,000 Discovery Award, and recipient of a $10,000 Mellon Arts Innovation Grant.  During the 2017-2018 academic year, Robbins will be a fellow at the National Humanities Center in Durham, NC.  From 2014-2017 she was Director of the Center for Africana Studies at the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Robbins¬†is a noted scholar in the field of African American literature. Her most recent book is¬†the Penguin¬†Portable Nineteenth Century African American Women Writers,¬†co-edited with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. ¬†Her book¬†Forms of Contention: The African American Sonnet Tradition¬†is under contract with University of Georgia Press. ¬†She is editor or co-editor of four previous books on nineteenth-century African American literature, including the Penguin Classics edition of Frances E.W. Harper‚Äôs 1892 novel¬†Iola Leroy, or, Shadows Uplifted¬†(2010),¬†The Selected Writings of William Wells Brown, co-edited with Paula Garrett (2006),¬†and¬†The Annotated Uncle Tom‚Äôs Cabin¬†(2006), co-edited with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. ¬†Recent publications include ‚ÄúAfrican American Literature of the Gold Rush,‚ÄĚ co-authored with Janet Neary.¬†Bordering Establishments: ¬†Mapping Regions in Early American Writing¬†(2015),¬†‚ÄúKilling Time: ¬†Dracula and Social Discoordination.‚ÄĚ ¬†Economics of the Undead: ¬†Zombies, Vampires, and the Dismal Science. Eds. Glen Whitman & James P. Dow (2014),¬†and a study of census politics in Wordsworth’s “We Are Seven” (1798),¬†English Language Notes¬†48:2 (2010). ¬†Her poems have been published in¬†The Cortland Review,¬†Per Contra,¬†Mezzo Cammin,¬†Boston Literary Magazine, and¬†Bridges, a Jewish Feminist Journal. She lectures regularly on African American literature, poetry, and film.¬† Dr. Robbins has a PhD in English from Princeton University (2003) an MPP from Harvard University (1990), and a BA in the Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins (1983).

Courses taught include:
PY 260-115 Humanities Core I
PY 260-216 Humanities Core II, Moby-Dick
PY 260-211 Nineteenth Century Novel to Film
PY 260-222 Introduction to Interpretation
PY 260-226 Modern Drama
PY 260-228 Literary Trials: Justice in Black and White
PY 260-232 World Film
PY 260-249 Film Music History
PY 260-312 Literature of Imprisonment
PY 260-314 Bible as Literature
PY 260-316 20th Century Aesthetics and Politics

Courses Taught at Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

AS 061.369 The 1930s in Jazz, Film, & Poetry
AS 360-133 Great Books at Homewood
AS 362-200 African American Poetry and Poetics
AS 362.106 Civil Rights and the Black Experience