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Robyn C. Spencer
Penn State University
|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Member for H-1960s
|Interests:||African American History / Studies
Urban History / Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
October, 2001 PhD in American History, Columbia University, Department of History
Dissertation Topic: “Repression Breeds Resistance: The Rise and Fall of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, CA 1966-1982”
ACADEMIC FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
Aug 2003 – Postdoctoral Fellowship
April 2004 Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy
Carnegie Mellon University
Department of History
Summer 2002 Africana Faculty Fellow
Summer Institute on “Critical Theory, Black Womyn’s Scholarship and Africana Studies.” Cornell University’s Africana Studies and Research Center, June 15-25, 2002. Sponsor: The Ford Foundation.
Published in referred journal:
•"Contested Terrain: The Mississippi Flood of 1927 and the Struggle to Control Black Labor" Journal of Negro History, Vol. 79, No. 2, Spring 1994.
• “Selma: The City and the Symbol,” Produced by CBS NEWS, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2002, 30 minutes, The Journal of American History, December 2003.
• “Inside the Panther Revolution: The Freedom Movement and the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California,” Book Chapter in: Groundwork: The Local Black Freedom Movement in America edited by Komozi Woodard and Jeanne Theoharis. Under contract: New York University Press.
• “Engendering the Black Freedom Struggle: The Black Panther Party and Revolutionary Black Womanhood,” Article Manuscript submitted to: The Journal of Women’s History.
• “Our Struggle is Merely One Link in the Worldwide Revolution”: Internationalism, State Repression, and the Black Panther Party, 1966-1972,” Book Chapter in Black International edited by Michael O. West, Fanon Che Wilkins, and William G. Martin.
• “A Content Analysis of the Association for the Study of Afro American Life and History’s W.E.B. DuBois’ Black History Month Resource Kit.” Paper Presented at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History 88th Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin: September 23-28, 2003.
• “Activist Reflections on the Panther Revolution.” Paper presented at The Black Panther Party in Historical Perspective conference. Sponsored by Wheelock College, Boston, Massachusetts: June 11- 13, 2003.
• “Engendering Africana Studies: Bridging the Nationalist/Feminist Divide.” Paper presented at Black Women’s Studies and the Academy conference. Sponsored by Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana: February 27-March 1, 2003.
• “Black Power and Women’s Liberation: Reconsidering the History of the Black Panther Party in Oakland.” Paper presented at the American Historical Association 117th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois: January 2-5, 2003.
• “From Rebellion to Reform: The Transformation of Black Activism in the 1970s.” Paper presented at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History 87th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida: October 4-6, 2002.
• Institute for the Study of Race Relations, Virginia State University, October 8, 2003. Paper Presented: “The Black Panther Party and Revolutionary Education.”
• Institute for Research in African-American Studies 10th Anniversary Conference, Columbia University, October 3, 2003. Paper Presented: “The Past and Future Directions of African American Studies at Columbia University.”
• Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy, Carnegie Mellon University, November 22, 2002. Paper Presented: “Comrade Sister: Gender, Sex and Power in the Panther Revolution.”
2001 – Present Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and History, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
July 1999 – July 2001 Jesse Ball duPont Visiting Scholar of American Culture
Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg, VA