Marsha Robinson

Dr. Marsha RobinsonDr. Marsha Robinson, Visiting Professor of World History for the Department of Humanities and Creative Arts, has been just named as the 2017 recipient of The Jennie Elder Suel Distinguished Woman of Color Award.

Mrs. Jennie Elder Suel, for whom this award is named, was born in 1904. She began her education at Tuskegee Institute, where she met the famous inventor Dr. George Washington Carver, who taught her. She left Tuskegee after a year and moved to New York City to complete her nurse's training. She came to Oxford, Ohio after marrying Clifford Suel. Mrs. Suel donated historical documents to Miami University that include "born-free" papers of her late husband's grandparents and the recorded union of her great-great grandparents. Opening her home to Miami students, she offered room and board to African-American students who were not allowed to live on campus. Mrs. Suel passed away in 1999 at the age of 95. 

In addition to teaching courses such as HST 122 Western Civilization II and HST 198 World History Since 1500, Dr. Robinson has conducted research in numerous countries such as Ireland, Nigeria, and Morocco and published on the issues of gender as related to global perspectives. The 2016 recipient of the Miami University Middletown Excellence in Teaching Award, she is currently working on a proposal to bring the Ohio Academy of History Annual Meeting to the Miami Regionals campuses next year.

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