Marc Arsell Robinson
Director, Culture and Heritage Houses (Office of Equity & Diversity)
Ph.D., American Studies, Washington State University
Marc Arsell Robinson is an instructor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at Washington State University, Pullman. He earned a B.A. in history at the University of Washington in 2004. In 2012, he completed a Ph.D. in American studies at Washington State University. His dissertation examined the connections between the Civil Rights/Black Power Movements and the Northwest, researching the Black Student Union in the state of Washington during the late 1960s. At heart, Dr. Robinson is a community organizer inspired by Ella Baker and others, therefore he carries a sincere compassion for a broad range of social issues (race, class, gender, sexuality, colonialism, and more) and seeks to empower others.
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Dr. Robinson is also the director of the WSU Culture and Heritage Houses, a unit within the Office of Equity and Diversity. The Culture and Heritage Houses are a complex of facilities on the Pullman campus that provide unique spaces for learning and community, featuring relevant art and book collections and a relaxing ambiance. As director, Dr. Robinson also coordinates diversity programs that take place throughout campus, including the annual Martin Luther King program. More information on the Culture and Heritage Houses:
- Civil Rights Movement
- Black Power Movement
- Washington State history
- Student activism
- African American/Black Studies
- 20th-Century US History
- Multicultural America
- Popular culture/Black popular culture
While at Washington State University, Dr. Robinson has taught the following:
- Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies
- Introduction to Black Studies
- Black Popular Culture
- Race and Racism in US Popular Culture
- Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality
- Robinson, Marc Arsell. (2014). "Book Review: The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights (2013) by William P. Jones." Journal of Black Studies, Vol. 45, No. 1, pp. 77-79.
- Robinson, Marc Arsell. (2012). "Book Review: The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972 (2012) by Ibram H. Rogers." Journal of Black Studies, Vol. 43, No. 8, pp. 976-978.
- Robinson, Marc Arsell. (2014). "Niamey, Niger (1902--)." Blackpast.org. http://www.blackpast.org/gah/niamey-niger-1902
- Robinson, Marc Arsell. (2014). "Nassau, Commonwealth of the Bahamas (1492--)." Blackpast.org. http://www.blackpast.org/gah/nassau-commonwealth-bahamas-1492
- Washington Student Achievement Council. (2013). Educational Attainment for All: Diversity and Equity in Washington State Higher Education. Olympia: Washington Student Achievement Council.
- Robinson, Marc Arsell. (2012). "The Black Campus Movement in the Evergreen State: The Black Student Union at the University of Washington and Washington State University, 1967-1969." Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Vol. 103, No. 2, pp. 55-66.
- Robinson, Marc Arsell. (2012). The Black Power Movement and the Black Student Union (BSU) in Washington State, 1967-1970. Diss. Washington State University.
- Robinson, Marc. (2014). "Guest Column: Continuing Tradition of Excellent MLK Speakers." WSU News, December 3. https://news.wsu.edu/2014/12/03/guest-column-continuing-a-tradition-of-excellent-mlk-speakers/
- Robinson, Marc. (2008). "The Early History of the UW Black Student Union." Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project. http://depts.washington.edu/civilr/BSU_beginnings.htm
- Schmitz, Betty and Marc Robinson. (2005). The Learning We Need Now: What Every UW Student Needs to Know about Diversity. Seattle: University of Washington, Office of the Vice President and Vice Provost for Diversity.
Contact Dr. Robinson
Alternate Office: Asian Pacific American Cultural House (905 C St.)
Spring 2015 Office Hours
Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00–5:00 p.m., or by appointment
- Black Power at WSU (spring 2012)
- All lives matter: Pullman eighth-grade class discusses race (April 29, 2015)
- WSU professor lectures on Black Student Union (February 25, 2015)