Professor of History
Ph.D University of California, Berkeley
Russian/Soviet and East European Cultural History, History of Music
Office: 275 Holmes Hall
Matthews Distinguished University Professor Dr. Harlow Robinson is a specialist in Soviet and Russian cultural history, and has written widely on Soviet film and the performing arts. His major publications include Sergei Prokofiev: A Biography;which has appeared in five editions; The Last Impresario: The Life, Times and Legacy of Sol Hurok; and Selected Letters of Sergei Prokofiev, which he edited and translated. He has also contributed numerous essays, articles and reviews to The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Opera News, Opera Quarterly, Dance, Playbill, Symphony and other publications. As a lecturer, he has appeared at the Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Guggenheim Museum, San Francisco Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Aspen Music Festival and Bard Festival. He has also worked as a consultant for numerous performing arts organizations, and as a writer and commentator for PBS, NPR and the Canadian Broadcasting System.
Currently Prof.Robinson is completing work on a book about the representation of Russia in the American cinema. He has served as Vice-President of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, and is a member of the editorial board of Slavic and East European Journal. A frequent visitor to the former USSR and Russia, he has received fellowships and grants from the NEH, American Council of Learned Societies, Fulbright and the Whiting Foundation.
Prof.Robinson teaches courses on Russian Cultural History, History of Soviet Cinema, The Image of Russia in American Culture, and Prague,Vienna, Budapest 1867-1918.