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 race, labor, capitalism, and necropolitics 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. She is deeply committed to collaborative, community-centered scholarship.