Research Interests: Environmental History; Craft and Material Culture; Black and Indigenous Studies; Science Studies; Museum Studies; Political Ecology; Legal History; Impacts of Climate Change on Art and Culture
Molly Robinson is a PhD student in American Studies. She thinks about how craft practices like basketmaking preserve relationships between people and their environments, and reflect time-honored commitments to land stewardship that challenge legal theories of property. Her recent work explores some of these ideas through the lens of Lowcountry coiled baskets. Molly seeks to understand how local effects of global climate change shape artists' sense of what it means to create under conditions of environmental precarity. She was the Alan Dundes Fellow in Folklore (2019-2020) and research for her MA thesis was supported by the Center for Craft in Asheville, North Carolina.
B.A., Anthropology, University of Chicago
M.A., Folklore, University of California, Berkeley