Donald Robotham
Position: Professor
Program: Anthropology
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: (212) 817-8005
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. from the University of Chicago
Research Interests: Postcolonialism, multiple modernities, work; the Caribbean and West Africa
Donald Robotham is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1987. A critic of the concepts of postcolonialism and postmodernism, he has worked extensively in the English-speaking Caribbean as well as among the gold miners of Ghana in West Africa, focusing on issues of development and concomitant difficulties caused by advanced capitalist globalization. Since September 2008, he has served as executive officer of the Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity Programs (OEODP), a project that provides services to all graduate students enrolled at CUNY, but particularly those from underrepresented groups.
Since May 2012, Robotham has also been serving as inaugural director of the GC’s Advanced Research Collaborative. In this capacity, he works directly with GC research centers, institutes, and interdisciplinary committees to “foster connections between the research activities of CUNY faculty at the colleges and GC research programs and seminars, and provide a home for outstanding visiting scholars, postdocs, and others to collaborate with faculty and students.”