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History Department at Lehman College

Faculty: Robyn Spencer

Robyn SpencerAssociate Professor

Academic Interests

 Civil rights and Black Power, African American women


Post-1945 social movements, urban history, gender

Awards and Fellowships

  • 2016 Andrew W. Mellon Mid-Career Research Fellowship, Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University. Academic Year, 2016-2017.
  • 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


  • The Revolution Has Come:  Black Power, Gender, and the Black Panther Party in Oakland. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2016.
  • “General Gordon Baker’s Letter to the Draft Board, Detroit 1965,” part of “Rethinking and Un-teaching Entrenched Movement Narratives: A Virtual Roundtable,” FIRE!!!: The Multimedia Journal of Black Studies. Vol. 2.2. 2013 (released 2015)..
  • “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.

Works in Progress

  • “Angela Davis: Radical Icon.” Book mss. Under Contract: Westview Press, Lives of American women series.
  • “The Struggle is a World Struggle:” Connie Matthews and Black Transnational Feminism in the era of Black Power. Article mss. Revise and Resubmit. Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies.