me in a nutshellI am an English professor at Widener University, a scholar of British Romanticism, a writer and editor, and the lead singer-songwriter-bassist for the Philadelphia-based rock group Smart Barker. I am series editor for Routledge’s Engagements with Literature and for a forthcoming series of reading editions of literature from Bloomsbury. I am proud to be a member of the Wordsworth Conference Foundation and a friend of The Wordsworth Trust. Here is my CV if you need it for some reason: DanielRobinson CV 2017.

My main axe is an American-made Gibson Thunderbird Studio bass, customized with active EMG pickups. My favorite songwriters include Ray Davies, Lloyd Cole, Morrissey, Nick Cave, Jackson Browne, and Bruce Springsteen. I unashamedly love the Eagles (the band—couldn’t care less about the sports-related organization).

I grew up in Roanoke, VA, the “Star City of the South,” and had a fabulous college experience at James Madison University in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. I did my graduate work (MA and PhD) at the University of South Carolina under the expert direction of Paula R. Feldman. After 13 years teaching at Widener University, I was promoted to the rank of Professor of English; in 2014 I became the first Homer C. Nearing Jr. Distinguished Professor of English.

For ten years, I served as editor of The CEA Critic, the scholarly journal of the College English Association. I’m also a section editor for the wonderful online resource The Literary Encyclopedia.

Note: I’m going by Daniel Armstrong Robinson these days to distinguish myself from philosopher Daniel N. Robinson, “THE Dan Robinson,” and this bloke who receives IMDB credit for my one screen performance.

Employment History

Professor of English, Widener University, 2010–current

Homer C. Nearing Jr. Distinguished Professor of English, Widener University, 2014–current

Associate Professor of English, Widener University, 2003–2010

Assistant Professor of English, Widener University, 1997–2003


Ph.D. in English Literature, University of South Carolina, August 1997

Dissertation: “Form, Fame, and Gender in the Romantic Sonnet”

M.A. in English, University of South Carolina, August 1994

B.A. in English, Magna cum laude with honors distinction in English, James Madison University, May 1992

At Widener University, I teach a variety of courses but think of myself as the middle British lit prof, covering at the upper-level Milton through Dickens.

Teaching Experience

My regular courses include:

English 345: Milton

English 346: Eighteenth-Century British Literature

English 347: British Romanticism

English 401: Textual Scholarship

English 131: Literature of the Western World I

English 134: British Literature II

English 121: Introduction to Shakespeare

English 102: Advanced Composition and Literature

Humanities 375: Twin Peaks and the Media of David Lynch