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Robin D. Muhammad

Dr. Robin Mohammed, portrait
Associate Professor
Bentley Annex 315, Athens Campus

Dr. Robin Muhammad is on Faculty Fellowship Leave for academic year 2023-24.


Robin Muhammad in OHIO News

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Ph.D. in History from Carnegie Mellon University

M.S. in History and Social Policy from Carnegie Mellon University

B.A. in History and Spanish from the University of California at Davis

Research Interests

As a labor historian, I study workers, their communities and their political institutions. My current research focuses on the history of industrial workers of African descent. My book manuscript, Arsenal of Liberation, is a study of the African American experience in 20th-century California. By focusing on changes in the shipbuilding industry in northern California and the growing African American community, I am able to trace the challenges and limitations of liberal coalitions, technological innovation and federal policy.

Courses Taught

  • AAS 1060 Introduction to African American Studies
  • AAS 1010 African American History I
  • AAS 2020 African American History II
  • AAS 2200 Introduction to Black Political Economy
  • AAS 2250 History of the Black Worker
  • AAS 3680 African American Political Thought
  • AAS 369E The Black Press in North America


Arsenal of Liberation: African American Workers and Shipbuilding in the San Francisco Bay Area (book manuscript) Forthcoming

African American History: Volume I (2012) and II (in press) University Readers. Forthcoming

"Garveyism Looks Toward the Pacific," Perspectives journal online (

The Encyclopedia of American Populism ABC-CLIO. Entries: Western Alliances and the Colored Farmers' Alliance. Forthcoming

The Encyclopedia of African American History Facts On File. Entries: The Double V Campaign and the March on Washington Movement

Book review: James Pritchard, A Bridge of Ships: Canadian Shipbuilding duringthe Second World War (Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2011), in Labour/Le Travail (forthcoming issue)
Women in American History: An Encyclopedia. Hasia Diner (ed.). Entry: Black women's clubs
Sociology of Work: An Encyclopedia. SAGE Publication. Entrie: Military; Unskilled work. Forthcoming

"Separate and Unsanitary: African American Women Car Cleaners and the Women's Service Section, 1918-1920," Journal of Women's History 23:2 (Summer 2011)

"Linking Up the Golden Gate: Garveyism in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1915-1925," Journal of Black Studies (November 2008).
Book review: Peter La Chapelle, Proud to Be an Okie: Cultural Politics, Country Music, and Migration to Southern California (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007), in Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas 5:2 (Summer 2008), 144-146

Encyclopedia of the Homefront: World I and II published by ABC-CLIO (2006) Contributor of eight entries involving the African American experience.

Selected Grants Awards

Special 1804 Library Endowment - Ohio University, 2007.Arts and Humanities Junior Faculty Endowment - Ohio University, 2007.Goldman Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching 2004. Carnegie Mellon University.Carnegie Scholar, 1996-2000. Carnegie Mellon University.

Selected University Service

Co-chair, MLK Celebration Committee, 2013

Member, University Curriculum Council

Member, Advisory Board for Global Studies Program

Member, Black Alumni Reunion Advisory Committee