Hi! I’m Robin McDowell.
I am a Ph.D. student in African and African American Studies at Harvard University with a primary field in History.
My work focuses on Louisiana’s River Parishes in the 19th century. I study the roles of alluvial landscapes, racialized labor, and collective memory in the transformation of extractive industries over time. My research is informed by ongoing work as a community organizer, French Quarter tour guide, and interdisciplinary design practitioner.
I have an M.F.A. in Design from the University of Texas at Austin (2015) and a B.A. in Fine Arts from The University of Pennsylvania (2008).