Sarah Robbins

Sarah Ruffing Robbins is the Lorraine Sherley Professor of American Literature at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. (See profile). Much of her interdisciplinary research focuses on gender, cultural difference, and intercultural exchange in American literature, as well as on pedagogical practices and cultural forces that shape competing literary value systems. Her first monograph, Managing Literacy, Mothering America: Women's Narratives on Reading and Writing in the Nineteenth Century (2004/2006), won a CHOICE award from the American Library Association. Her second-single-author text, The Cambridge Introduction to Harriet Beecher Stowe (2007), was a commissioned book for CUP's series on major writers. Sarah's most recent books have taken an increasingly transnational focus. One, Nellie Arnott's Writings on Angola, 1905-1913: Missionary Narratives Linking Africa and America (2011), co-edited with historian Ann Pullen, earned honorable mention from the Society for the Study of American Women Writers triennial editions competition. Another, Bridging Cultures: International Women Faculty Transforming the U.S. Academy (2011), is a collection of essays by international women faculty members co-edited with Federica Santini and Sabine Smith. Excerpts have been published online in the Journal of Transnational American Studies. Sarah has also co-edited several collections of essays on collaborative civic engagement projects Writing America, Writing Our Communities and Teachers' Writing Groups. Sarah's essays on American literature and culture have appeared in a wide array of scholarly journals, including American Literature, American Quarterly, MELUS, Signs, Legacy, and College English. Her AQ article on the cross-gender and cross-time interplay between anti-slavery narratives won the American Studies Association's Constance Rourke prize.

At TCU, Sarah teaches courses in American cultural studies (including a class on bestsellers and one on Young Adult Literature in the marketplace), American literature, rhetoric and writing, gender studies, and transatlantic studies.