Sarah Ruffing Robbins

Lorraine Sherley Professor of Literature
Reed Hall 118 | 817-257-5146

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Ph.D., English and English Education, American Studies focus, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1993
MA, English, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1975
BA, English, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1974

University of Maryland, European extension, focus of study: Italian
Agnes Scott College, focus of study: English, French, history

Courses Taught

American literature
Transatlantic literature
Women's literature and writing
Global American literatures
History of American literature
19th- and 20th-century American literature
American Identities
Writing and public culture

Areas of Focus

Global Literatures
Pre-1900 American literature
20th and 21st century American literature
Transatlantic Literature
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Rhetoric & Composition
Women’s Writing

Robbins, Sarah Ruffing. “Elaine Goodale Eastman, Modernist Author?: Re-visiting a Border-crossing Woman Writer’s Place in Literary History.” E-rea: Revue électronique d’études sur le monde. Anglophone Special Issue: Transnationalism and Modern American Women Writers 16.2, 2019.

Robbins, Sarah Ruffing. Learning Legacies: Archive to Action through Women’s Cross-cultural Teaching. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan Press, 2017.

Hughes, Linda K. and Sarah R. Robbins, eds. Teaching Transatlanticism: Resources for Teaching Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Print Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh U Press, 2015. Related Website:

Robbins, Sarah, and Ann Ellis Pullen. Nellie Arnott’s Writings on Angola, 1905-1913: Missionary Narratives Linking Africa and America; Anderson: Parlor Press, 2011.

Robbins, Sarah, Sabine Smith, and Federica Santini, eds. Bridging Cultures: International Women Faculty Transforming the US Academy. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2011.

Robbins, Sarah. The Cambridge Introduction to Harriet Beecher Stowe. Cambridge: Cambridge U Press, 2007.

Robbins, Sarah. Managing Literacy, Mothering America: Women’s Narratives on Reading and Writing in the Nineteenth Century. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004; paperback, 2006.

Winter, Dave, and Sarah Robbins, eds. Writing our Communities: Local Learning and Public Culture. Urbana: NCTE, 2005.

Robbins, Sarah, and Mimi Dyer, eds. Writing America: Classroom Literacy and Public Engagement. New York: Teachers College Press of Columbia University, 2004.

“Sustaining Gendered Philanthropy through Transatlantic Friendship: Jane Addams, Henrietta Barnett, and Writing for Reciprocal Mentoring.” In Philanthropic Discourse in Anglo-American Literature, 1850-1920. Edited by Frank Q. Christianson and Leslee Thorne-Murphy. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017. 211-235.

“Re-imagining the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace,” JGLB Museum, Savannah, GA, October 2016

“Fauntleroy Forever: Why We Can’t Get Enough of that Little Lord.” American Studies Program, University at Trier, May 14, 2014

“Elaine Goodale and Charles (Ohiyesa) Eastmans’ Cross-Cultural Connections: Tracking the Limits of Assimilationist Teaching in Collaborative Writing.” American Studies Program, University at Saarbrucken, Germany, May 13, 2014

“Learning Legacies.” Invited lecture, University of Michigan Series of “Rackham at 100” public lectures honoring the 100th anniversary of the graduate school, October 26, 2012

“Composing Collaborations: Problematic Partnerships in Historical Context.” CCCC, Houston, TX, April 2016.

“Transatlantic Spaces, Collaborative Approaches: Women’s Pedagogy in Action in Hybrid, Liminal Work.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial International Convention, Philadelphia, PA, November 2015.

“Hull-House Conversations in Place, Across Time: Textual and Material Memory as Avenue to Social Action.” American Studies Association Convention, Toronto, Canada, October 2015

“Digital Transatlanticism.” MLA Convention, Vancouver, Canada, January 2015.

English Department Graduate Faculty Member of the Year (2018)

Michael R. Ferrari Award for Distinguished University Service and Leadership at TCU (2015)

Best edition award, honorable mention, Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Awards Program, for Nellie Arnott’s Writings on Angola, 1905-1913 (2012)

English Department Graduate Faculty Member of the Year (student-selected—2012)

Outstanding Individual Scholarship Award, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kennesaw State for The Cambridge Introduction to Harriet Beecher Stowe (1 of 3; 2008)

Governor’s Award for Leadership in the Humanities, Georgia Humanities Council and State of Georgia Governor’s Office (2006)

CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title award, for Managing Literacy, Mothering America (2006)

Kennesaw State University Foundation Distinguished Professor (one university-wide award-winner per year; inaugural winner—2004-05)

Distinguished Scholarship Award for Kennesaw State University (one award-winner per year) for career-to-date work in research/creative activity (2004)

Regents of the University of Georgia Research in Education Award (UGA system-wide award for research in the “scholarship of teaching” [SOTL] tradition–2002)

Constance Rourke Prize (awarded by the American Studies Association for the best article in American Quarterly in a given year—1998)

Conference Directing Work and Applied Research Collaborations: Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Conference, Denver, October 2012; co-directed with Maria Sanchez

Passages in American Literature, co-consultant with Lucy Maddox of Georgetown University for film series proposal, IS Film Productions, Washington, D.C. Community Research and Creative Learning conference, June 2002

Bridges Community Performances project conference, June 2001

“Who’s Speaking, Who’s Listening?” June 2000 conference, KSU

Faculty Investigator, ASA Crossroads Research Project, 1997-99

Project Outreach Retreats and Conferences; 1996, 1997, 1998–KSU

Literature, Culture and the American Experience–conference, October 1998

National Writing Project, commissioned study of teacher leadership paradigms at various NWP sites, with associated development of training curricula for NWP

Modern Language Association (MLA), Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), National Women’s Studies Association, American Studies Association (ASA), Rhetoric Society of America (RSA), Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition, Multi-ethnic Literature of the US (MELUS), several individual author societies

Editorial Board: The Bedford Anthology of American Literature (current)

Editorial Board for Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers (2007-09)

Editorial Board, The National Writing Project, NWP@Work Publications (2006-2013)

Vice President, Society for the Study of American Women Writers, 2010-2012

Chair, American Literature Section of Modern Language Association (MLA), 2009

Member, Women’s Committee, American Studies Association, 2007-2010

Member, Program Committee, Modern Language Association, MLA, 2008-2010

Member, Advisory Board, Society for the Study of American Women Writers, 2006-08

Consulting Scholar, Imagining America Task Force on Tenure and Public Work, 2005-08

MLA Division on Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century American Literature, 2000-2004