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Robert Tisdale

Robert Tisdale

  • Marjorie Crabb Garbisch Professor of English and the Liberal Arts, Emeritus, English

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American Studies

A.B., Princeton University; M.A.T., Wesleyan University; Ph.D., Yale University

Director of American Studies, 1993-1997. Emeritus

Professor Tisdale has taught modern and contemporary British and American literature, specializing in poetry, memoir, and fiction.  Among his interests are immigration, and the topics of race and ethnicity, including African American and Native American history and literature.

Africana Studies

In his forty-year career at Carleton, Bob Tisdale has taught many courses related to African American studies. In 1969 he offered Carleton's first course in Black literature; for fifteen years he taught a freshman seminar on multicultural fiction, memoir, and drama and takes pride in having taught four students who subsequently earned a Ph.D. in African American studies.

His interest in the topic dates from his rooming with an African American student at Princeton—one of two Black students enrolled in his class--a young man who later earned a Ph.D. in history. Experience directing a NEH graduate program for African American high school teachers at Dartmouth deepened his interest, and a summer doing research on slavery at the Huntington Library and Black fiction at U. C. Berkeley helped him develop the first version of the course on Black literature that he taught at Carleton.

While he directed the American Studies program he worked with colleagues to develop and teach a course on immigration and forced migration.

He has an M.A.T. from Wesleyan and a Ph.D. from Yale.

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