​Dr. Nick R. Robinson

Dr. Robinson is an Assistant Professor of English with 10 years of corporate experience.


Dr. Nick R. Robinson grew up in Junior Village, a Washington D.C. government-run orphanage that was once the largest institution of its kind in the United States. A ninth-grade high school dropout, he went on to earn a general equivalency diploma, graduate from the University of the District of Columbia and work in corporate America. In 2006, Dr. Robinson left his executive position at Microsoft Corporation to begin the ten-year journey of scribing his coming-of-age memoir, Our Family Walks.

Dr. Robinson is a 2009 graduate of Florida Atlantic University’s MFA in creative writing program, a 2009-2015 Ridgel Fellow, and 2016 graduate of University of Missouri’s Ph.D. in English Literature program. Dr. Robinson’s specialty is creative nonfiction, his sub-specialty is African Diaspora Studies. Chapter-essays from his Ph.D. dissertation and forthcoming memoir, Our Family Walks, have been published in Cactus Heart Press Literary JournalSanta Fe Writer’s Project’s e-journal, Bluestem Magazine, and is forthcoming in New Ohio Review. Dr. Robinson was a contributor to the 2015 Bread Loaf Summer Writer’s Conference, the 2016 Tin House Summer Workshop, and the 2016 Bread Loaf Summer Writing Conference.


  • Doctorate in English Literature, creative writing from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
  • M.F.A. in English Literature, creative writing from Florida Atlantic University
  • B. S. in Economics from the University of the District of Columbia

Research Interests

  • Memoir
  • Autobiography
  • African American Literature


Over ten and a half years at Microsoft Corporation, and prior to graduate school, Dr. Robinson held the following positions:

  • Director, Enterprise Services Strategy & Offerings, Microsoft Latin America:Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Responsible for driving Services Strategy and Offerings
  • Director, Enterprise Services Support, Microsoft Latin America: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Director, Enterprise Services, Microsoft Caribbean Central America: San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Practice Manager, Enterprise Services, Microsoft Caribbean: San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Senior Managing Consultant, Microsoft Consulting Services: New York Metro
  • Managing Consultant, Microsoft Consulting Services: Edison, New Jersey and upper New York State

Activities and Honors

  • 2016—Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference selectee
  • 2016—MU Creative Writing Program Award in Creative Nonfiction Winner: “Our Family Walks”
  • 2016—Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop selectee
  • 2015—Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference selectee
  • 2009 - 2014—University of Missouri-Columbia Chancellor's Gus T. Ridgel Fellow: Program is intended to increase the number of underrepresented minority Americans (African Americans, Hispanic Americans and American Indians/Alaskan Native Americans) enrolled in and successfully completing graduate programs.
  • 2008—Delores A. Auzenne Fellow: State University System to encourage minority students to pursue graduate degrees in areas where they are historically underrepresented.
  • 2008—Golden Key International Honour Society: recognition of “superb academic achievement” for attaining a top 15% of class cumulative GPA ranking.
  • 2007—FAU Graduate Diversity Fellow: awarded to graduate students who increase the diversity of the student body in their chosen field of study.

Recent Publications

  • “Our Family Walks,” New Ohio Review, September, 2016
  • “Our Instıtutıons,” excerpt, SFWP Literary Quarterly Summer edition, July, 2016
  • “Our Institutions,” Bluestem Magazine, 2016 spring print issue, April 2016
  • “What Was Her Name?” SFWP Literary e-Journal, October 6, 2014
  • “What Was Her Name?” Cactus Heart Press e-Issue #9, September 16, 2014

​Dr. Nick R. Robinson
Assistant Professor of English
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences
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