Dr. Stephanie Troutman Robbins (she/her) is a Black feminist scholar, mother and first-generation college student. She is the Department Head of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona and she is Associate Professor of Emerging Literacies in Rhetoric, Composition & the Teaching of English. English. She is a formally affiliated faculty member in Africana Studies, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Africana Studies and the LGBT Institute. She received a dual PhD in Curriculum & Instruction and Women’s Studies from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011. A former high school and middle grades public school teacher, Stephanie is a scholar-activist who has been recognized across a variety of community and campus spaces for her mentorship, student advocacy, and social justice leadership. Her passion is working with marginalized students in the university setting at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is the recipient of the UA Likins Award (2017), the Student Affairs Faculty Impact Award (2017) and the Dr. Maria Teresa Velez Outstanding Mentor Award (2019). Stephanie is also an alum of the University of Arizona’s Academic Leadership Institute (2017-18 cohort) and she currently serves as the Chair of the University of Arizona Faculty Senate’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.
Dr. Troutman Robbins is the former director of two outreach projects between the University of Arizona and Tucson schools: Wildcat Writers (2015- 2020) and and the Southern Arizona Writing Project (2015-2020.) These partnership programs serve the local community by focusing on Title 1 schools and providing them with opportunities for professional development, academic resources, and programming rooted in diversity, equity and inclusion through writing.
Her research interests include literacies focused on social justice, feminist pedagogy, critical race theory, film studies, Black feminist theory, schooling, identity/ies and education. She is co-author of the 2018 book, Narratives of Family Assets, Community Gifts, & Cultural Endowments: Re-Imagining the Invisible Knapsack (Lexington Press) and co-editor of the forthcoming book, Race & Ethnicity in US Television (ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press) scheduled for publication in Spring 2021. Her research has been published in the Journal of Girlhood Studies (GHS), the Journal of Race Ethnicity & Education (REE), Meridians: Feminism, Race and Transnationalism, Taboo: the Journal of Culture and Education, and in the Journal of Literacy & Social Responsibility.