Bio  (106 words)

Robinson tells stories about people that reveal their personal situation within its historical context. The most recent of her six published books are a memoir/biography The Reluctant Nazi about her grandfather in Berlin 1945 and a local African American history, Better Homes of South Bend : An American Story of Courage about Studebaker workers who stood up against Jim Crow in the North.

After many migrations, Berlin, Vienna, Urbana, Illinois, New York, London, Gabrielle has happily settled in South Bend with her husband Mike and their cat Max. She received her M.A. from Columbia University and her PhD from the University of London and is now a Professor Emerita of English.  Contact her at gabriellerobinson.com

Bio (167 words)

Robinson tells stories about people which reveal their personal situation within its historical context. The most recent of her six published books are a memoir/biography The Reluctant Nazi about Berlin in 1945 showing what it was like as Hitler’s Reich collapsed, and Better Homes of South Bend : An American Story of Courage, about  African American Studebaker workers who won out over the segregation of the 1950’s to build 22 homes in a white neighborhood and create a legacy .

One reason for Robinson’s fascination with the intersection of the personal and historical stems from her own experience. Born in Berlin in 1942, her family fled the city in 1945, the beginning of a string of migrations, boarding schools in Vienna and on the Baltic, a small town near Hamburg, a year in New York, and several in London where she earned a PhD in Modern Drama. Now she has happily settled in South Bend with her husband Mike and their cat Max. Contact her at gabriellerobinson.com