Personnel Profile

Dr. Christine Reiser Robbins, Coordinator of Anthropology, Southwest Borderland Studies, and Mexican American Studies

Dr. Christine Reiser Robbins

Brown University, 2010

Before TAMUK:

Dr. Reiser Robbins earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and her Master’s and Doctorate in Anthropology from Brown University, where she also trained in public humanities and museum studies. Her research and teaching combines archaeology, cultural anthropology, oral history, and public humanities to explore interests in race, heritage, space/place, mobility, health, and community studies. She focuses on historical research conducted in collaboration with descendant communities, including doctoral research on Native communities in southern New England and, more recently, South Texas Hispanic farm labor communities. She has conducted archaeological fieldwork at sites across the United States.


  • Select Publications:
    • “Spatial Relations in Oral History: The Robstown Migrant Labor Camp Beyond the Federal Period,” with Mark W. Robbins, in Oral History Review 48(2):255-276, Summer/Fall 2015.
    • “Embodied Leadership: Moving from Leader Competencies to Leaderful Practices,” with Kelly Fisher, in Leadership, 11(3):281-299, August 2015.
    • “Engaging the Contested Memory of the Public Square: Community Collaboration, Archaeology, and Oral History at Corpus Christi’s Artesian Park,” with Mark W. Robbins, in The Public Historian 36(2):26-50, May 2014.
    • “Expanding Service Learning in the Humanities among First-Generation, Minority-Population, and Non-Traditional Students: A Mixed-Participation, Mixed-Assessment Model” in edited volume on “Service Learning in the Humanities” in Interdisciplinary Humanities, 29(3):24-40, Fall 2012.
    • “Reconciling Residence and Mobility: Native Communities in 18th and 19th Century Western Connecticut” in edited volume on “Indigenous Peoples of Western Connecticut” in Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut 73:27-50, 2011.
    • “Materializing Community: The Intersections of Pageantry, Material Culture, and Community-Building in Early 20th Century Indian New England” in Material Culture Review 69:36-51, 2009.

Research interests:

  • Archaeology, cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, borderland studies, museum studies, public humanities
  • Community theory, race, heritage, space/place, health, mobility and migration
  • Native American Studies, Indigenous Studies
  • Mexican American Studies, folk healing, farm labor history
  • Community-based research and learning

Courses taught at TAMUK:

  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Introduction to Physical Anthropology
  • Folk Medicine
  • Advanced Archaeology
  • Cultural Differences in Body Image
  • Language and Culture
  • Food, Thought, and Culture
  • Native American Cultures
  • Introduction to Folklore and Folklife

Further Information:

Dr. Reiser Robbins is from the San Francisco, CA Bay Area. She and her husband, Mark (a historian) collaborate on research projects including archaeological excavations in the region, preservation of a local historical ranch cemetery, and an oral history project centering on Mexican American farm labor communities.

Contact Information

Department of Psychology & Sociology
Manning 242
MSC 177 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: 361-593-4828
fax: 361-593-2707
Personal Website:

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