College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies

Photo of Marc Arsell RobinsonMarc Arsell Robinson

Director, Culture and Heritage Houses (Office of Equity and 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 Washington state 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 ethnic 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:

Research/Teaching Interests

  • Comparative ethnic studies
  • African American/black studies
  • Popular culture/black popular culture
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Black Power Movement
  • Washington state history
  • Student activism
  • Intersectionalism
  • Social inequality


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 U.S. Popular Culture
  • Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality


Book Reviews
  • 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.
Government Report
Journal Article
  • 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.
  • 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
Wilson-Short 112A
Talmadge Anderson House

Office Hours

By appointment

Course Materials

Past Courses



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