Hollis Robbins (born 1963) is an American academic, scholar, and essayist in the humanities, who writes about literature, poetry, and higher education.
Robbins is Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California. Previously, she was Chair of the Department of Humanities at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as well as the Director of the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins, from 2014-2017. Robbins is an expert in the field of nineteenth-century African American literature] and co-edited with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. an anthology of African American women's writing.
Robbins entered Johns Hopkins University at the age of 16, where she studied with Julian Stanley and Richard A. Macksey and received her B.A. in 1983. She received a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 1990, an M.A. in English literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1998, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2003. From 2004-2006 Robbins was an Assistant Professor of English at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.
Robbins's essays on higher education have appeared in Inside Higher Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education, LA Review of Books, and The American Interest, among other journals. Robbins also writes and publishes on African American poets and on film music. Her own poetry has been published in The Cortland Review, Mezzo Cammin, Per Contra, Boston Literary Magazine and other literary journals.
- Portable Nineteenth Century African American Women Writers. Penguin Classics (2017).
- Frances E. W Harper's Iola Leroy, or, Shadows Uplifted. Penguin Classics (2010).
- The Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin. Eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Hollis Robbins W.W. Norton (2006) ISBN 0-393-05946-4
- The Works of William Wells Brown. Oxford UP. (2006) ISBN 0-19-530963-4
- In Search of Hannah Crafts: Essays on The Bondwoman's Narrative. Eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Hollis Robbins Basic/Civitas (2004) ISBN 0-465-02708-3
- Forms of Contention: Influence and the African American Sonnet Tradition. University of Georgia Press (2020)
- "Hollis Robbins Named 2017-18 National Humanities Center Delta Delta Delta Fellow". Apr 1, 2017. Retrieved Aug 28, 2019.
- "Hollis Robbins". Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- "Hopkins Magazine interview". December 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
- Literature of Lynching" in the Chronicle of Higher Education, August 2015
- "U.S. History in 70 MM." [review of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight] The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. 15 (3): 368–370. July 2016.
- "Issue 51". Retrieved September 6, 2019.
- Hollis Robbins, Four Poems, Mezzo Cammin, Summer 2011
- "The Johns Hopkins University Press - JHU Press Faculty Editorial Board". Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- "The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers by Various | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books". PenguinRandomhouse.com. Retrieved Aug 28, 2019.
- Noble, Barnes &. "Iola Leroy|Paperback". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved Aug 28, 2019.