Fred Miller Robinson, PhD

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

Professor, English

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

Fred Miller Robinson, PhD, served as chair of the English Department from 1991 until 2005, interim director of the Theatre Arts program from 2005-06, and Chair of the Music Department from 2009-11.  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.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Robinson has taught a variety of undergraduate courses in modern literature, including Voice & Text, Modern Drama, Narrative Theory and Writing Autobiography, and Film Noir. He is also Affiliated Professor of Graduate Theatre for the USD/Old Globe MFA students, teaching every year a text course in Modern Drama and, every other year, Thesis Project.