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Dr. Robert Carson

Dr. Robert Carson

Instructional Assistant Professor (English)

Office Number: 328C
Office Phone: TBD

Dr. Carson received his PhD in English from Johns Hopkins University in 2015. There, he taught courses on modern drama, Oscar Wilde, literary censorship, and James Joyce's Ulysses. He then directed the Writing Center at Johns Hopkins in 2015–2016. His most recent appointment was in the Department of Liberal Arts at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins, where he taught literature, cultural studies, and academic writing to students of music and dance. 

His research focuses on the expression of political belief in and by literary works, especially novels in Britain and the postcolonial world in the 20th century. His current project examines the role of ideology critique and public ethos in the works of George Orwell, Wyndham Lewis, Doris Lessing, and C.L.R. James. 

Research and Teaching Interests 

  • Realism and modernism 
  • Literary theory 
  • Global Anglophone and postcolonial literature 
  • Journalism and literary nonfiction 
  • Argumentation and persuasion 
  • Labor and social class in the arts 
  • Political rhetoric 


  • Doctor of Philosophy in English, Johns Hopkins University, 2015 
  • Master of Arts in English, Johns Hopkins University, 2010 
  • Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction in English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007 


  • Texas A&M University at Qatar, Assistant Professor of English, 2020–present 
  • Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Faculty in Liberal Arts, 2016–2020 
  • Johns Hopkins University, Writing Center Director, 2015–2016 


  • Robert Carson and Hollis Robbins: “Susan Sontag: Race, Class, and the Limits of Style.” The American Interest. March/April 2020. 
  • Robert Carson, “Diegetic Labor History: Bisbee ’17.” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Vol. 19, no. 1 (January 2020). 
  • Robert Carson, “Under the Influence: Little Joe as Psychopharmacological Thriller,” Los Angeles Review of Books, December, 2019.