Faculty Profile
Stéphane P.R  Robolin

Stéphane Robolin
Assistant Professor of English

Murray Hall | Room 030
College Avenue Campus

Phone: (848) 932-8537

Office Hours: M 4:30-6pm

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" In the classroom, I aim for an interdisciplinary line of inquiry that allows historical knowledge and cultural theory to inform close textual analysis. My general goal is to create a setting in which students passionately, critically, and respectfully participate in the collaborative production of knowledge. I work to establish an environment of high expectation and high engagement with black cultural production, so that students take the subject matter and themselves seriously, while always remaining open to the element of intellectual surprise. As a result, participants in a course—myself included—tend become stronger thinkers and writers with a genuine sense of accomplishment. "

Education Areas of Specialization
PhD, Duke University
MA, Duke University
BA, Tulane University
African Literature; African American Literature; African Diaspora Studies; Postcolonial Literature and Theory
Other Publications
    • “Of Color and Blindness in Invictus.” Roundtable on film Invictus. Safundi: A Journal of South African and American Studies 13.1-2 (January-April 2012): 120-25. (Special issue: Beyond Rivalry)
    • “Black Transnationalism: 20th-Century South African and African American Literatures.” Literature Compass 9.1 (2012): 80-94.
    • “Properties of Whiteness: (Post)Apartheid Geographies in Zoë Wicomb’s Playing in the Light.” Safundi: A Journal of South African and American Studies 12.3-4 (July-October 2011): 349-71. (Special Issue on Zoë Wicomb, the Cape, and the Cosmopolitan)
    • “Remapping South African and African American Cultural Imaginaries.” Global Circuits of Blackness: Race, Citizenship, and Modern Subjectivities. Edited by Percy C. Hintzen, Jean Muteba Rahier, and Felipe Smith. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010. 127-51.
    • “Loose Memory in Toni Morrison’s Paradise and Zoë Wicomb’s David’s Story.” Modern Fiction Studies 52.2 (Summer 2006): 297-320. (Special issue on Toni Morrison)
    • “Gendered Hauntings: The Joys of Motherhood, Interpretive Acts, and Postcolonial Theory.” Research in African Literatures 35.3 (Fall 2004): 76-92.
      Undergraduate Courses Taught Graduate Courses Taught
        • African Literary Theory
        • Defining the African Diaspora
        • Postcolonial African Literature
        • Race Gender Space
        • South African and American Intersections
      • (Post)Colonial Spaces of African Literature
      Awards and Distinctions Professional Memberships and Affiliations
      • Faculty Fellow, Sawyer Seminar: “Race, Space, and Place in the Americas.” Center for Race & Ethnicity, Rutgers University, 2012-13.
      • Faculty Fellow, Rutgers University Center for Historical Analysis (RCHA) Seminar: “Narratives of Power,” Rutgers University, 2011-12.
      • Outstanding Mentor Award for Fostering Inclusive Academic Excellence, Williams College, 2009.
      • Faculty/Administrator of the Year, Minority-Coalition/Multicultural Center, Williams College, 2008.
      • Graduate Student Teaching Award, African & African American Studies Program, Duke University, 2003.
      • Stephen J. Horne Teaching Award, English Department, Duke University, 2003.
      • African Literature Association
      • African Studies Association
      • Modern Language Association

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