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 & 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:

Research Interests

  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Black Power Movement
  • Washington State history
  • Student activism
  • Intersectionality

Teaching Interests

  • African American/Black Studies
  • Race/Class/Gender
  • 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


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.
Encyclopedia Entries
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 10G
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

Course Materials

Spring 2015
Past Courses




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