Texas A&M University-Kingsville Christine Reiser-Robbins Named a Bringer of Light
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Christine Reiser-Robbins Named a Bringer of Light

Posted on Tuesday, April 05, 2016


Christine Reiser-Robbins, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, has been named a “Bringer of Light” by the campus group Servants of Las Luminarias. 

An anonymous collection of campus community members, the Servants of Las Luminarias select those that they feel are “bringers of the light of the knowledge of goodness to the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus community.”  

As an honoree, Reiser-Robbins received a ceramic “luminaria,” or large ornamental candle holder, flowered plant and a framed certificate of recognition. The certificate states that Reiser-Robbins has, through word and deed, “selflessly and consistently shone the light of goodness into our midst.” 

Reiser-Robbins was familiar with the award from its last recipient, political science professor Nirmal Goswami. She said the discovery of the award was a wonderful surprise. “I knew what the award represented, and I was elated to receive it. 

“I want to tell the Servants of Las Luminarias how incredibly honored and humbled I am,” she said. 

The majority of Reiser-Robbins’ teaching career has been with Texas A&M-Kingsville. She has been a faculty member at the university for the last six years. Before that, she taught for a semester at Wheaton College. 

Reiser-Robbins noted that teaching was not what she originally planned on doing for a living with her anthropology degrees; she holds bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and history from the University of Notre Dame, and a master’s and Ph.D. in anthropology from Brown University. 

Her original intentions of working for a museum and serving on archaeological digs changed when she worked as a teaching assistant in cultural anthropology—not her particular field of study at the time. Reiser-Robbins realized she loved teaching. 

“I love working with students in this experiential setting and having an impact,” she said. When asked what has surprised her about teaching, she cited the determination of her students. “I am inspired by their eagerness and excitement to learn even as they balance many demands, from jobs to family responsibilities.

“Most of the students in my classes aren’t pursuing a career in anthropology, they are there to fulfill a general education requirement. But they assist with field opportunities, take part in projects related to their community and historical preservation,” Reiser-Robbins said. 

In addition to the students, Reiser-Robbins values the faculty of A&M-Kingsville, and the university itself. “I really enjoy working with faculty of different teaching and research backgrounds. 

“I love the size of our institution and the support it offers, both in resources and in spirit. It allows for locally-focused research projects, which brings me closer to the students and the community. The university holds a real place of pride in our region. It has been integral in establishing a regional home for myself and my family, and has changed the focus of my research and teaching,” Reiser-Robbins said. 

Originally from California, Reiser-Robbins is married to Mark Robbins, a professor of U.S. History at Del Mar College. They have a two year-old son together, Thomas. 


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