Marco Robinson is a native of Hernando, Mississippi, located in DeSoto County. In 2004, Marco was a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa and, in 2007, a United Negro College Fund (UNCF)-Mellon scholar to Ghana. His extensive travels around the world have profoundly shaped his scholarship and teaching. He earned a bachelors and masters degrees in history from Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi. As a doctoral student, Dr. Robinson received fellowships from the UNCF/Mellon Foundation and the Gilder Lehrman Foundation. In 2010, Dr. Robinson earned his doctorate degree in American history (minor fields- Africa and African American history) from the University of Mississippi. His research interests include race relations, gender, black diasporic studies, subaltern studies, slavery, the black activist tradition, Reconstruction, historical documentary studies and the black soldier’s experiences in the military. Dr. Robinson is in the process of completing two manuscripts-one on the civil rights movement and Rust College and, the other on the black community in DeSoto County, Mississippi. In addition, Dr. Robinson is working on a film documentary which highlights the intersections and complexities of different aspects of contemporary black culture in various countries around the globe.
Dr. Robinson is an Assistant Professor of History at Rust College where he serves as coordinator over the history program. Additionally, he was recently selected as the Director of the Center for the Study of Ida B. Wells and African American Heritage in North Mississippi, an online repository and physical archive housed at Rust College. Always looking for the best and most effective means of instructing his students and improving the quality of life in his community, Dr. Robinson is an avid reader, advocate for using technology in the classroom and integrates his research with his teaching. In 2011, his efforts were recognized by the Mississippi Humanities Council as he was nominated Professor of the Year for Rust College. Dr. Robinson was also chosen as “Volunteer of the Year” for ICS Headstart where he and his students regularly volunteer in the reading program and male participation initiatives. Known for his boisterous personality and thorough instruction, Dr. Robinson is an inspiration to his students and a humble servant of his community.
Dr. Robinson’s work in his community stretches past the class room and campus. He is a board member for the DeSoto County African American History Symposium (DCAAHS), a non-profit organization where he works diligently with the DCAAHS promoting local history, various education initiatives, civic engagement and fund raising for charities. Dr. Robinson is a member of Brown Baptist Church, Southaven, Mississippi, (under the leadership of Pastor Bartholomew Orr) where he serves as a member of the Historical Ministry. He is happily married to Tracy Robinson, owner and operator of First Choice Therapy Spot. They have four children and are advocates for children’s well-being, the application of faith, world peace and higher education.
Dr. Marco Robinson is a Board Member of the Desoto County African American History Symposium. You may reach him by email.