Fred Miller Robinson, PhD

Fred Miller Robinson
Phone: (619) 260-2239
Office: Founders Hall 175C

Professor, English
Affiliated Faculty, Theatre

  • Ph.D., University of Washington
  • M.A., University of Washington
  • B.A., University of Redlands

A professor in the English Department and Affiliated Professor of Graduate Theatre, Fred Miller Robinson has taught a text course in Modern Drama in the MFA/Old Globe program since 1994, and has also taught Thesis courses every other year since 2008, when that course was created.  In the Fall of 1999, he was Interim Director of the MFA/Old Globe program while the Director, Rick Seer, was on sabbatical.  He received his PhD in English from the University of  Washington in 1972 and taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, from 1970-90 before coming to USD, where he served as Chair of the English Department from 1991 until 2005, and interim director of the undergraduate Theatre Arts program from 2005-06.  His teaching specialties are Modern Drama, Voice & Text (twice with Jan Gist), Narrative Theory, Writing Autobiography,  and Film Noir.  He has received teaching awards from the University of Massachusetts and USD, and has written four books, most recently Rooms in Dramatic Realism (Routledge).  His greatest pleasure, in 50 years of teaching, has been to teach in the MFA/Old Globe program, see rehearsals, watch great theatre, and spend time with smart, gifted, vocal and diverse actor-students.



  • In 2016 he received the Drinan Award for Distinguished Service at USD
  • In 2002 he received USD's Davies Award for Teaching Excellence.
  • In 1987 he received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he taught from 1970-1990.

Scholarly Work

Robinson has written four books: The Comedy of Language: Studies in Modern Comic Literature; Comic Moments; The Man in the Bowler Hat: His History and Iconography (a social history of modern life), and, most recently, Rooms in Dramatic Realism.  His many articles include studies of Seamus Heaney & Cultural Identity, Angela’s Ashes, Wallace Stevens and Samuel Beckett.