Faculty & Staff

Dr. Robinson has been at Truman since 1990. He holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard College and a master's and doctorate degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He has also studied two years in East and West Germany. During a sabbatical, he spent a semester at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, and another semester at the Department of History of Science, Harvard University. In 2000-2001, he taught in Ukraine as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Kherson State Pedagogical University. His teaching interests include world civilizations, modern Europe, Germany, the history of science, medicine, and technology, the history of art, music, and architecture, and research methods. He has published two books (with R.W. Rieber): Wilhelm Wundt in History: The Making of a Scientific Psychology (2001) and The Essential Vygotsky (2004). His current research focuses on the development of experimental psychology, psychiatry, and physiology (especially in Germany and Russia), history of higher education in Europe, and science and the government. He is a member of the American Historical Association, the History of Science Society, CHEIRON (the International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences), Midwest Junto for History of Science, and Phi Alpha Theta. Dr. Robinson is a lover of music--all kinds.