History Department


Faculty: Robyn Spencer

Assistant Professor
Spencer Academic Interests: Civil rights and Black Power, African American women

Research: Post-1945 social movements, urban history, gender

Awards and Fellowships:

  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library: Scholar in Residence Award, 2010
  • Letitia Woods Brown Book Award for Articles awarded by the Association of Black Women Historians, 2008
  • Human Science Research Institute: project on : Coloured Communities in South Africa, 2006
  • Postdoctoral fellowship, Center for African-American Urban Studies and the Economy, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003-2004


  • “Communalism and the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California in the 1970s,” in West of Eden: Communes and Utopia in Northern California (ed. Iain Boal, Janferie Stone, Michael Watts, and Cal Winslow). PM Press, 2012.
  • “Mad at History.” Radical Teacher 85 (2009): 67-69.
  • “’Merely One Link in the Worldwide Revolution’: Internationalism, State Repression, and the Black Panther Party, 1966-1972.” In Black International, ed. Michael O. West, Fanon Che Wilkins, and William G. Martin (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009), 215-231.
  • "Engendering the Black Freedom Struggle: The Black Panther Party and Revolutionary Black Womanhood,” The Journal of Women’s History 20 (2008): 90-113.
  • “Inside the Panther Revolution: The Freedom Movement and the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California,” In Groundwork: The Local Black Freedom Movement in America (ed. Komozi Woodard and Jeanne Theoharis). New York University Press, 2005, 300-318.
  • “IRAAS and the Future of Black Studies,” Souls 6 (2004): 77-80.
  • "Contested Terrain: The Mississippi Flood of 1927 and the Struggle to Control Black Labor" Journal of Negro History 79 (1994): 170-181.

Works in progress

  • Repression Breeds Resistance: The Rise and Fall of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California, 1966-1982 (book manuscript)
  • “The Black Panther Party and Collective Living in the Oakland Bay Area” (article mss.)
  • “Connie Matthews and the Black Panther Party’s International Vision” (article mss.)


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