Robin MitchellAssociate Professor, History
Ph.D. European History, University of California, Berkeley, 2010
M.A. European History, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2002
B.A. Ethnic Studies, Mills College, 1998
Robin Mitchell is an Associate Professor of History at the California State University Channel Islands (CI). She received her master’s degree in Late Modern European History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her doctorate in Late Modern European History from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her dissertation investigated the correlation between representations of black women in France and the aftermath of the Haitian Revolution.
In addition to numerous published journal articles, Professor Mitchell’s first book, entitled VÉNUS NOIRE: Black Women & Colonial Fantasies in 19th-Century France was published with University of Georgia Press in January of 2020. It was named by the African American Intellectual History Society as one of "The Best Black History Books of 2020" and by The Guardian in 2021 as one of the "best books about sex."
Before joining the CI faculty in 2016, Professor Mitchell was a full-time faculty member at DePaul University in Chicago.
Representative Courses Taught
- ANTH 442 The African Diaspora
- HIST 318 Age of Revolutions, 1648-1871
- HIST 365 Themes in World History
- HIST 442 The African Diaspora
- HIST 414 Women and Gender in History
- HIST 300 The Historian's Craft
- HIST 212 World Civilizations since 1500
- HIST 499 Capstone in History
- HIST 302 The History of Women's Movements in North America
- HIST 319 European History, 1871-1945
The African Diaspora in France and the United States, European History, late 18th and early 19th Century Paris, Race and Gender, Popular Culture, Scandals and Spectacles, Representations, Sexuality and Colonialism, Women’s History