Robin McDowell


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 work in New Orleans as a graphic designer, public historian, and community organizer with Take ‘Em Down NOLA, the New Orleans Peoples Assembly, and the New Orleans Workers Group.

During the 2018–2019 academic year, she will serve as a co-convener of History Design Studio, a workshop and network of Harvard students, student groups, and community collaborators. Participants will conceptualize, critique, and build interdisciplinary projects, with particular emphasis on anti-imperial/anti-colonial histories of resistance, the Black radical tradition, and multimedia methods that connect historical narratives with today’s most pressing struggles.

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