Graduate Student Directory

Robin Keller
  • Title
    • MA Student
    • Teaching Assistant
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Remote work location, n/a
  • Office Hours N/A
  • 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


  • MA, History, UCSC, degree requirements completed June 2020, formal conferral anticipated
    • Advisors: Pr. Emily Honig and Pr. Gail Hershatter
    • Thesis: “ ‘Hell in the Fullest Sense of the Word’: Holocaust Refugees in World War II Shanghai,


  • BA, Cum Laude, 2009, International Affairs, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas.
    • Minors: (1) History; (2) Chinese Language (Mandarin); and (3) Ancient Mediterranean Studies
    • International study at Fudan University, Shanghai, PRC and at St. Peter's College, Oxford, UK.


  • Language training in Mandarin, French, and ancient Greek.


Professional Experience:

  • 5 years as a paralegal for a civil litigation law firm specializing in wrongful death, severe personal injury, and catastrophic property damage; and


  • 4 years as a paralegal for a criminal, civil rights and public defense law firm.

Honors, Awards and Grants

UCSC History Department - funding for summer research toward an MA (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

May, 2020: UCSC, “ 'Hell in the Fullest Sense of the Word': Holocaust Refugees in Wartime Shanghai," Graduate Research Symposium

Teaching Interests

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

UCSC Teaching Assistant Positions held:

  • HIS 15 - The U.S. of America From its Founding Through Our Time
  • HIS 40A - Early Modern East Asia [late 12th century - 1910s]
  • HIS 40B - The Making of Modern East Asia [19th century - present]
  • HIS 80N - Gender, Labor, and Feminist Productions [U.S. since Reconstruction]
  • HIS 137A - History of Africa to 1800
  • HIS 160C - Archaeology of Classical Greece [Neolithic to Roman]