Graduate Student Directory

Robin Keller
  • Title
    • MA Student
    • Teaching Assistant
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, Room 115, History TA Cubicle
  • Office Hours Winter 2020 Quarter: Wednesdays 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Mail Stop History Department

Research Interests

East Asian history since 1600, Modern Chinese history (late Qing through present, with emphasis on Shanghai), immigration history, legal studies, and colonialism

Biography, Education and Training


  • BA, Cum Laude, International Affairs (triple minor: History, Chinese Language, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies), Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas.
  • International study at St. Peter's College, Oxford, UK, and Fudan University, Shanghai, PRC.
  • Language training in Mandarin, ancient Greek, and French.

Professional Experience:

  • 5 years as a paralegal for a medium-sized San Antonio civil litigation law firm specializing in wrongful death, severe personal injury, and catastrophic property damage, including a case involving over 1,000 claims and hundreds of plaintiffs,
  • 4 years as a paralegal for a small San Antonio criminal, civil rights and public defense law firm. Significant time spent helping defendants detained for crossing the US-Mexico border.

Honors, Awards and Grants

UCSC History Department grant for research in New York City (Summer 2019)

Selected Presentations

April, 2019: UCSC, “‘The Only Foreigners We Felt Sorry For:’ Holocaust Refugees and Border Control in World War II Shanghai,” Graduate Student Conference by the UCSC Center for World History

Selected Exhibitions

Upcoming: Participation in the 16th Annual UCSC Graduate Research Symposium, April 3, 2020, working title, "'Hell in the Fullest Sense of the Word': Shanghai Border Control and Holocaust Refugees, 1937-1945"

Teaching Interests

East Asian History, World History, the Medieval World (including the Muslim World), and Ancient Mediterranean History

Current Teaching Assistant Position:

  • HIS 160C - Archaeology of Classical Greece

Past Teaching Assistant Positions:

  • HIS 15 - The U.S. of America From its Founding Through Our Time
  • HIS 40A - Early Modern East Asia
  • HIS 80N - Gender, Labor, and Feminist Productions
  • HIS 137A - History of Africa to 1800