Robin McDowell is a 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. Robin is a co-convener of History Design Studio, a workshop for new ideas in multimedia history and a team member of Researching Black New Orleans, a Life x Code: Digital Historians Against Enclosure project, at Johns Hopkins University.

She lives and works in New Orleans and writes about oil and slavery in 19th century Louisiana.

In Fall 2021, she will join the faculty of the African and African-American Studies Department at Washington University in St. Louis as an Assistant Professor.