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 Gerald Gill Fellow at Tufts University Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.
Her current work focuses on environmental histories of race, labor, capitalism, and death in 19th century Louisiana. This research is influenced by ongoing community organizing in New Orleans.
During the 2018–2019 academic year, she will co-convene History Design Studio, a workshop for new ideas in multimedia history.