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Department of History

Contact Information

phone: 615-343-1935
237 Buttrick Hall

Office Hours

Tuesday 11:00 am - 12:00; 2:30 - 3:30 pm, and by appointment


PhD, Auburn University, 1999

W. Frank Robinson

Assistant Professor of History
Associate Director, Center for Latin American Studies

W. Frank Robinson is a historian of Latin America and the Caribbean with interests in twentieth century political and social movements, nationalism and populism, and Caribbean Diaspora communities. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University, with a primary focus on the history of the Caribbean. At the graduate level at the University of Florida (M.A.) and at Auburn University (Ph.D.), he specialized in African Area Studies and Latin American history. Professor Robinson teaches courses in the Atlantic World and Latin American and Caribbean history that cover both the colonial and national periods including the history of the Iberian Atlantic empires, modern Latin America, Central America, and the contemporary Caribbean.

Professor Robinson has lived and researched for extended periods in Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. He is a contributing author to Populism in Latin America (Alabama, 1999) and is currently completing a manuscript that examines twentieth century Panamanian political history. Grants and fellowships from the IIE Fulbright Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Defense Education Act Title VI have helped fund his studies, research, and writing.

As the Associate Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University, Professor Robinson oversees the undergraduate and graduate programs. He teaches multidisciplinary introductions to Latin American and Brazilian Studies, and an interdisciplinary research methods course for majors and graduate students.