Department of Sociology
University of Memphis
Clement Hall, Room 309D
Memphis TN 38152
Phone: (901) 678-3778
Fax: (901) 678-2525
Zandria F. Robinson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and an alumna of the University
of Memphis. She earned the PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University in 2010.
Before joining the Department of Sociology, Robinson was Assistant Professor of Sociology
and McMullan Assistant Professor of Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi
(2009-2012) and William Randolph Hearst Dissertation Fellow and Assistant Professor
of Sociology at Rhodes College (2008-2009).
Robinson's research focuses on the post-Civil Rights black South, with attention to
the histories, cultures, and ideas generated by regional insiders and outsiders. Broadly,
her primary research interests include race, class, gender, and sexuality; urban sociology;
popular culture; and feminism, with a focus on black feminist theory. In her book,
This Ain't Chicago: Race, Class, and Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South (University
of North Carolina Press, 2014), she draws on ethnographic data and analyses to examine
southern regional cultural distinctiveness as an "accomplishment" that occurs in film,
music, popular media, and everyday life.
Robinson is a member of Cohort 33 of the American Sociological Association's Minority
Fellowship Program and serves as Secretary of the Association of Black Sociologists.
Robinson has published articles in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture and is
co-editor with Sandra L. Barnes and Earl Wright II of Re-Positioning Race: Prophetic
Research in a Post-Racial Obama Age (SUNY Press, 2014).