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Department of History

Contact Information

phone: 615-343-1935
237 Buttrick Hall

Office Hours

Monday 11:00 am - 1 pm, and by appointment


PhD, Auburn University, 1999

W. Frank Robinson

Assistant Professor of History

W. Frank Robinson is an Assistant Professor of History who completed his undergraduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University and received his graduate degrees from the University of Florida and Auburn University with concentrations in African Area Studies and Latin American history. He specializes in the history of Latin America and the Caribbean, with a focus on twentieth century political and social movements, nationalism and populism, and migrations in the 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 (University of Alabama Press, 2012) and is currently completing a manuscript that examines the dynamics of 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.

Robinson teaches a wide spectrum of courses that cover the colonial and national periods including the rise and decline of the Iberian Atlantic empires, modern Latin America, Central America, Latin America and the United States, and the contemporary Caribbean. He also teaches multidisciplinary introductions to Latin American and Brazilian Studies.