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Associate Professor, American Studies


Ph.D., American and New England Studies Program, Boston University, 2010.
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School, 2004.
A.B., English and American Language and Literature, Harvard University, 2001.

Research Interests

Michelle Robinson is an Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies. She received her B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard University, a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and her doctoral degree from the Program in New England and American Studies at Boston University. Her courses include: AMST225: The Ethics of Stand-up Comedy, AMST256: Anti-’50s: Voices of A Counter Decade; AMST371: LGBTQ Fiction and Film from 1950 to the present, and AMST392: Radical Religious Communities in 20th Century U.S. History. Her book Dreams for Dead Bodies: Blackness, Labor and the Corpus of Detective Fiction was published by University of Michigan Press in 2016. Her current project, “Come Tell Us How To Go To Heaven,” uses correspondence from Christian evangelicals to identify how epistolary intimacies and ideas about Christian fellowship shaped the career and social impact of the Reverend Billy Graham.