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Curriculum Vitae: 
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1976
M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1973
M.T.S. Harvard Divinity School 1972
B.A. University of Texas at Austin 1970
Honors and Awards: 

Elected Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 2010

College of Liberal Arts Faculty Achievement Award, Oregon State University, September 2006

Distinguished Achievement Award, Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, May 2005

 Director, Center for the Humanities, Oregon State University, 2001-present

 Named University Distinguished Professor of American Literature, Oregon State University, 1994

 President, Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, 1998-99; Program Chair, 1993-95

 Named Oregon Professor of English, Oregon State University [Endowed Professorship], 1991

 Director, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for School Teachers, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996

 Author of “Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller and Transcendentalism” [annual review of work in the field] for American Literary Scholarship (Duke University Press), 1988-2008.

 Editorial Boards:  ISLE:  Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment; Journal of Unitarian Universalist History; ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, 2008-2012

 Chair, Panel on Theological Education, Unitarian Universalist Assoc., Boston, 1995-2001

 Fulbright Guest Professor, University of Heidelberg, Germany, 1984-85

 Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching, Oregon State Board of Higher Education, 1984

 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1983-84

 President, Pacific Northwest American Studies Association, 1982-84

 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1979-80

Office Hours: 
Tuesday & Thursday 3:20--4:30 and by appointment

Profile Field Tabs

Affiliated with: 
Sch of Wrtg Lit & Film
Courses Taught: 

Studies in American Literature (English 485/585): “Darkness and the Light: [Poe, Emerson, Dickinson--and W. S. Merwin!]
Studies in the Novel (English 465/565): “Lost Generation(s): Writing Between the Wars” [West, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Bowen, Salinger]
Major Authors (English 454/554): “Romantic Souls” [Emerson, Dickinson, Fitzgerals, Yeats]
Studies in Literature, Culture, and Environment (English 482/582) “Root and Branches: Thoreau and American Eco-Literature” [Thoreau, Oliver, Snyder, LeGuin, Merwin]
Studies in American Literature (English 485/585): “Haunted Eden: Illusion and Disillusion in American Literature” [Poe, Twain, Faulkner, Wilson]





Research/Career Interests: 

David Robinson teaches courses in American Literature, and has particular interests in Literature and Environmental Studies, Trans-Atlantic literary culture, and the classic New England authors such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Emily Dickinson. He has written several books on American literary and religious culture, including Emerson and the Conduct of Life (Cambridge University Press, 1993); World of Relations: The Achievement of Peter Taylor (University Press of Kentucky, 1998); and Natural Life: Thoreau’s Worldly Transcendentalism (Cornell University Press, 2004). He has been awarded a Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education, and the Distinguished Service Award by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society.  He also taught as a Fulbright Guest Professor at the University of Heidelberg, Germany in 1985.  He serves as the Director of Oregon State University’s Center for the Humanities, and is currently at work on the New England Transcendentalist author Margaret Fuller, and on the contemporary philosopher and literary theorist Stanley Cavell.

Research Links:

Center for the Humanities:  http://oregonstate.edu/dept/humanities/

"The New Emerson and the Question of Religious Experience." Video of Lecture at Harvard Divinity School, October 15, 2000, with response by Lawrence Buell.  Program in celebration of the  Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

“Emerson and the Examined Life.”  CSpan Video Library. Video of Lecture and program at Faneuil Hall, Boston, for the 2003 Emerson Bicentennial.  Featuring Richard Geldard, David Robinson, and Robert Pinsky.  http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/156135-1

“Emerson: Religion After Transcendentalism,” Text of lecture for the Emerson Bicentennial Observance, 2003.  http://archive.uua.org/aboutuu/emerson200/robinson.html

“Selected Works by David Robinson.” Selected bibliography available on the web: http://www.emersonsermons.com/robinson.html