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Marc Robinson

Marc Arsell Robinson
Assistant Professor


Assistant Professor
Office Phone(909) 537-5528
Office LocationSB-335

Office Hours

Monday: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Marc Arsell Robinson (he/him/his) earned his PhD in American Studies from Washington State University in 2012.  His research focuses on the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements in the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Robinson’s forthcoming book is Evergreen Ungawa: The Black Student Union of Seattle, the University of Washington, and Washington State University, 1968 to 1970.  It will be published as a part of the Black Power Series of New York University Press.  It is the first monograph to uncover the inspiring activism and outstanding contributions of the Black Student Union (BSU) in the state of Washington.  This organization of intrepid college students spearheaded a number of racial injustice campaigns, including a Seattle-wide youth outreach program, a sit-in and occupation of the University of Washington president’s office, confrontations with law enforcement in rural Washington, and successful initiatives for Black Studies and other reforms in higher education.  Moreover, the monograph expands knowledge of the black freedom struggle: complicating conventional narratives, chronologies, and geographies of 1960s black activism.  Locating the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements in the Pacific Northwest adds new dimensions to existing scholarship and broadens our understanding of the period.  Expected publication, spring 2022.

In addition, Dr. Robinson has published work in venues such as, The Western Journal of Black Studies, The Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Reference Services Review, and The Journal of Black Studies.  Before CSUSB, Robinson was Visiting Assistant Professor at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, winning the 2017 Junior Faculty Award for outstanding teaching and service.  Prior to that, he was an Instructor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at Washington State University, and was also a diversity affairs administrator.  At CSUSB, he teaches courses on African American and US History.

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Other duties include:

  • Co-Advisor, History Club & Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honors Society, CSUSB
  • Board of Directors, Faculty Representative, Santos Manuel Student Union, CSUSB


CSUSB News about Dr. Robinson --  


Interview on NBC Palm Spring, June 15, 2020
Dr. Robinson on NBC Palm Springs, June 2020.  He discussed race, history, and policing in the US. (


PhD, American Studies, Washington State University Pullman (2012). BA, History, University of Washington Seattle (2004).


HIST 2010 United States History 1865 to Present

HIST 3400  African-American History, 1620-1865.

HIST 3410 African-American History, 1865-Present

HIST 3460 Women in the Black Freedom Movement

HIST 3950 Topics: Civil Rights in Memory and Film 

HIST 3950 Topics: Black Popular Culture


Civil Rights and Black Power Movements

Research and Teaching Interests

US History, African American History, Oral History, Pacific Northwest