Sharon Robinson, PhD

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Dr. Sharon Robinson has taught at Russell Sage since 1978, and spent many of those years as the English Department Chair. She received her A.B. in English from Vassar College, an M.A. in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature and Linguistics from the University of Toledo. She enjoys planning activities such as medieval dinners that enhance students' understanding of the Middle Ages, and makes an annual pilgrimage with students to the Cloisters in Manhattan (the medieval branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art). Her most exotic field trip was a long weekend in England (Canterbury, of course) with a Chaucer class; she also taught a Sage Humanities Abroad summer session, "From Camelot to Canterbury." Dr. Robinson likes developing new Special Topics courses for the RSC Honors Program ("The Picture and the Book," which compared medieval manuscript illumination with 20th century children's picture books; "In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World it Made" with Dr. Harris from Biology).