Robin McDowell is Ph.D. Candidate in African and African American Studies at Harvard University. She holds an A.M in History from Harvard University, an M.F.A. in Design from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in Fine Arts from The University of Pennsylvania. She is a History Design Studio Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African American Research and a former Gerald Gill Fellow at Tufts University Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.
Her dissertation focuses on environmental histories of slavery and capitalism in 19th century Louisiana. This research is influenced by ongoing community organizing in New Orleans.
She co-convenes History Design Studio, a workshop for new ideas in multimedia history.