Petra Robinson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Human Resource & Leadership Development
School of Human Resource Education & Workforce Development
College of Human Sciences & Education
Louisiana State University
294 Coates Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Dr. Robinson received her PhD in Educational Administration and Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University, with a focus on Adult Education. Keenly interested in issues of race, class, gender, and color, Dr. Robinson’s research focuses on colorism, international adult learning and development, and social justice in education across institutional types.
While at Texas A&M University, Dr. Robinson served as a graduate teaching/ research assistant, teaching human resource development courses and serving as an academic advisor to undergraduate students in human resource development and interdisciplinary studies. She also worked with the faculty development Higher Education Teaching Institute at Lone Star College System in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining LSU, Dr. Robinson was a Research Associate for the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Chair in Education in the Graduate School of Education, Department of Psychology at Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey.
PhD, Educational Administration & Human Resource Development, Texas A&M University, 2011
MIBA, Master of International Business Administration, Nova Southeastern University, 1997
BSc, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Nova Southeastern University, 1996
Robinson, P.A. & Alfred, M.V. (2013). Colorism and Skin Bleaching in Jamaica: Global Implications for Communities of Color and Urban Classrooms. National Journal of Urban Education and Practice, (6) 3, 29-40.
Robinson, P.A., Rice, D., Stoddart, D. & Alfred, M.V. (2013). Lifelong Learning in Jamaica: Coherent Pathways to Higher Education. International Journal of Scholarly Academic Intellectual Diversity, (15)1, 1-11.
Alfred, M.V., Cherrstrom, C.A., Robinson, P.A., & Friday, A. (2013). Transformative Learning Theory In B.J. Irby, G. Brown, & R. Lara-Alecio (Eds.). In B. J. Irby, G. Brown, R. Lara-Alecio, & S. Jackson (Eds.) and P. Jenlink (Sect. Ed.), The handbook of educational theories (pp. 133-148). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.
Robinson, P.A. (2012). Literacy Engagement and Parental Development through Even Start Family Literacy Participation. Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, (1) 1, 20-32.
Robinson, P.A., Metoyer, T., Byrd, D., Louis, D. A., & Bonner, F.A. II. (2012). Community College Leadership and Technology In V. C.X.Wang (Ed). Technology and its impact on educational leadership: Innovation and change (pp. 187-201). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.
Bonner, F.A. II, Robinson, P.A., & Byrd, D.A. (2012). Supporting Black Millennial Graduate Students at HBCUs. In R.T. Palmer, A.A. Hilton, & P.T. Fountaine (Eds). Black Graduate Education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Trends, Experiences and Outcomes (pp. 119-132). Information Age Publishing.
Robinson, P.A. & Lewis, C. W. (2011). The Troubling Context of Urban Education: Instructional Design as a Source of Transformation for Students of Color. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, (8) 2, 109-112.
Banda, R., Flowers, A., Robinson, P.A, Royale, G., Santos, R. & Zuniga, N. (2011) Curriculum Design for Millennial Students of Color In F.A. Bonner II, A.F. Marbley & M. Howard-Hamilton (Eds). Diverse millennial students in college: Implications for faculty and student affairs (pp. 261-277). VA: Stylus Publishing.
Selected National and International Presentations
Robinson, P.A. & Bonner II, F.A. (May, 2013). Real Men Don’t Bleach!: Challenging the Construction of Masculine Identity among Male Skin Bleachers in Jamaica. Society for Research on Identity Formation Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota. (Paper Presentation).
Robinson, P.A. (March, 2013). Colorism and the Curriculum: Lessons from Skin Bleachers in Jamaica. American Association of Blacks in Higher Education Conference, Atlanta, Georgia. (Paper Presentation).
Robinson, P.A., & Bonner, F.A. II (January 2013). Colorism in the African American Community: Lessons from Skin Bleachers in Jamaica. National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Houston. (Roundtable Presentation)
Robinson, P. A. (August, 2012). Family Literacy Programs: A Source of Transformative Learning. 19th International Conference on Learning, Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK. (Paper Presentation)
Robinson, P.A. (July, 2012). The Psychology behind Skin Bleaching in Jamaica.30th International Congress of Psychology, Cape Town, South Africa. (Paper Presentation)
Robinson, P.A. (July, 2012). Dancehall as Colonizer: Skin Bleaching in Jamaica. 36th Annual Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies. University of Oxford, Oxford UK. (Paper Presentation)
Robinson, P.A. (January, 2012). Invited: Pretty Girls Only! 1st International Scientific Conference Dying to be Beautiful? Body Image, Eating Disorders and Health in the Caribbean. University of the West Indies, Montego Bay, Jamaica. (Paper Presentation)
Robinson, P.A. (February, 2011). (Pretty) Light Skin & Social Capital: Skin Bleaching in Jamaica, 28th Annual Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. (Paper Presentation)
Bonner, F.A. II, & Robinson, P.A. (2012). The STEM Collegiate African American Male Summit: Building on Factors of Success. Graduate School of Education Goal Advancement Program ($15,000)