Department of Psychology and Sociology

Staff and Faculty

Christine Reiser Robbins

Associate Professor of Anthropology; Coordinator of Anthropology

Ph.D., Brown University, 2010


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.

Scholarship (Journal Articles):

  • Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
  • Research in Higher Education Journal
  • Material Culture Review
  • Leadership
  • The Public Historian
  • Interdisciplinary Humanities
  • Oral History Review
  • Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut
  • Michigan Discussions in Anthropology
  • SAA Archaeological Record                                   

Research interests:

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

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

Christine Reiser Robbins