Chuck Robinson, Ph.D.



Chuck Robinson has taught first-year writing at the University of Nevada, Reno since Fall 2017. His writing courses focus on the rhetorical situation and the construction of expertise.

Robinson's research focuses on science as it appears in 19th century U.S. literature and its connection to apocalyptic motifs that arise toward the end of that century. Beyond his home base of 19th century realism and naturalism, Robinson reads widely and deeply in (global) science fiction and contemporary scientific (especially ecological) nonfiction. He is currently developing two related projects, one that focuses on the ambiguous uses of "speculation" in mid-century American prose and another focusing on the career of "catastrophism" and "uniformitarianism," two competing geological theories from the early 19th century that have a vibrant afterlife in the cultural imaginary from the late 19th century to today.


  • Ph.D., English (American Literature and Culture), University of Memphis, 2016
  • M.A., English, Syracuse University, 2009
  • M.A., Humanities, University of Chicago, 2005