Dr. Vida A. Robertson
Dr. Vida A. RobertsonAssociate Professor of EnglishHistory, Humanities, and Languages
Vida Robertson, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of English and serves as the Director of the Center for Critical Race Studies at the University of Houston-Downtown. He teaches a wide range of Critical Race Theory and African American literature courses. His primary research and teaching interests are in late nineteenth and twentieth century African American literature, the Africana Studies, Critical Race Theory, and Disability Studies. Dr. Robertson is deeply committed to community engagement and service opportunities related to equality, education and empowerment. His research has led to published works in African American, Caribbean and Afro-European literature and culture. Dr. Robertson is presently developing a book length project entitled The Color of Race: A Critical Exploration of Albinism in the Literature of the African Diaspora which documents and critically examines the way "Black albinism" destabilizes essentialist notions of race by facilitating a paradoxical definition of both blackness and whiteness in Western culture.
Ph.D. English Department, Miami University, Oxford Ohio. (May 2006)
Primary Area: African American Literature
Secondary Area: Harlem Renaissance, Critical Race Theory & Literary Criticism Dissertation: The Racial Pharmakon: Albinism in African American Literature
M.A. African American Literature, Miami University, Oxford Ohio. (1998-2000)
B.A. Philosophy, Murray State University, Murray Kentucky. (1991-1996)
ENG 3321: African-American Literature
ENG 3340: Cultural Criticism
UHD 2304: University Seminar-Culture
Dr. Vida Robertson earned a Ph.D. in English, with focus on African American Literature, with a dissertation titled The Racial Pharmakon: Albinism in African American Literature. He has published articles and given presentations on issues of race and literature, which qualifies him to teach a range of literature course as well as the university seminar, focused on critical race studies.
Robertson, Vida. "Thomas Jefferson, Martin Delany and the Enigma of the White
Slaves" Africana Studies. (Summer 2015)—Under Consideration
Robertson, Vida. "Dundus: Disabling the Concept of Race in Namba Roy's "Black Albino"". The Griot: The Journal of African American Studies. (Fall 2011 30:2): 16-26.
Robertson, Vida A. "The Great White Hope: Black Albinism and the Deposing of the White Subject in John Edgar Wideman's Sent For You Yesterday." Studies in Literature and Language, Vol.3, No.1 (2011): 1-10.
Robertson, Vida A. "Negritude." World History Encyclopedia. Ed. Michael Tarver. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2010.
Robertson, Vida A. "Chester Himes's Racial Pharmakon: The Politics of Black Albinism in The Heat's On." CLA Journal 53.2 (2009): 178-199.
English Composition (ENG 1301)
"Taking A Closer Look: American Culture in Circumspect"
English Composition and Literature (ENG 1302)
"The Home of the Brave: Ethnic Narratives of America"
University Seminar in Critical Race Studies (UHD 2304)
"The House That Hova Built: Race, Rap and the Evolution of Black Male Identity"
Life and Thought in American Literature 1865—Present (ENG 2312)
Contemporary Ghanaian Fiction and Culture (English 3312)
African-American Literature (ENG 3321)
"Tragedy, Transgression and Triumph: An Introduction to African American Literature"
American Ethnic Heritage (ENG 3324)
"Caught Between History and Home: An Introduction to Ethnic American Literature"
Cultural Criticism (ENG 3340)
"In Search of 'Gold Mountain:' An Introduction to Asian American Literature"
Gender Studies in Literature (ENG 3350)
"'Mules of Da World:' A Critical Examination of Lives and Writing of Black Women"
Major Authors (ENG 4314)
"In Search of LOVE: Examining the Life and Literature of Toni Morrison"
A Seminar in African-American Studies (ENG 4321)
"Harlem on My Mind: The Literature and the Sounds of the Harlem Renaissance"
American Literature Association College English Association
College Language Association Critical Ethnic Studies Association
Modern Language Association National Association of African American Studies
Society for Disability Studies Southern Conference on African American Studies
Honors and Awards
2015 TCBHE Minority Male Initiative Grant
2014 NEH Grant—The Big Read
2014 Faculty Development Grant
2014 The Sylvester Turner Grant
2013 The Sylvester Turner Grant
2011 Southern Conference on African American Studies Article of the Year
2009 University of Houston-Downtown Quality Enhance Plan Grant
2007 University of Houston-Downtown Organized Research Grant
2004 Miami University College of Arts and Science Dissertation Award
2004 Miami University Graduate School Dissertation Award
2004 Miami University English Department Dissertation Fellowship
2004 The Graduate Students of Color Award for Outstanding Research in the Humanities
2004 The Center for American and World Cultures Teaching Grant 2004 Miami University Preparing Future Faculty Research Grant 2004, '02, '01, '99 Miami University Graduate Achievement Award 2003 Roshmand Fund Award
2002 Miami University English Department Instructor of the Year
2002 Alpha Phi Most Influential Instructor Award
2001 Pan-Hellenic Outstanding Instructor Award
2000, '01 Outstanding Graduate Student Award