Robin Mitchell

by Marya Barlow

Robin MitchellRobin Mitchell, Associate Professor of History
Rising Author and ‘Twitterstorian’

Associate Professor of History Robin Mitchell is garnering media and critical acclaim for her new book, “Vénus Noire: Black Women and Colonial Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century France” (Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2020). Mitchell and her work have been featured on BBC3, the History News Network, and in the New Yorker, where she was highlighted as one of the nation’s prominent “Twitterstorians — historians with Twitter accounts, who have attracted big followings with their historically informed takes on the dumpster fire that is America in the year 2020.” The bio for Mitchell’s Twitter account, @ParisNoire, which boasts almost 8,000 followers, says it best: “19th C French Historian. Fat Feminist. Author of #VenusNoire about black women in Paris. Revolutionary. Tenured. Will block you. I cut off all my hair. She/her.”

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