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Robin Clayton


Department of English

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“Textbook Scientists” Lab

The TSL, which I run with Dr. Patsy Sibley (Women’s and Gender Studies, NCSU) and undergraduates from NCSU’s WISE living-learning village, studies the portrayal of race and gender in science textbooks used at NCSU.

Extension and Community Engagement

WISE Sci-Fi Reading Group

Our reading group, now in its second year, meets monthly to examine the ways in which science fiction can help us understand the world around us. This interdisciplinary reading group focuses on developing students’ close reading skills and helping students draw connections between literature and society. Recent texts include Octavia Butler’s “Blood Child,” C.J. Cherryh’s “Cassandra,” and Samuel Delaney’s “Aye, and Gomorrah…”

Office Hours

  • Mon: 12:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
  • Tue: 12:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
  • Thu: 12:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
  • Fri: 12:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Or By Appointment

Research Publications

Clayton, Jacob. “Introduction to Fieldwork.” interTEXTS: a collection of student writing, edited by Dana Gierdowski, Paul Colby, Chelsea Kreig, Wanda Lloyd, Meredith Reed, Fountainhead Press, 2016, 153-5.


Feb. 2015 “Writing Science, Doing Science: Science Studies in the First-Year Writing Classroom,” North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing, Raleigh, NC

Nov. 2013 “Before Science, Before Feminism: Contesting Nature vs. Culture,” National Women’s Study Association Conference, Cincinnati, OH

Nov. 2012 “Transgressing the Boundaries of Traditional Epistemology in Margaret Cavendish’s The Blazing World.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, Durham, NC


B.A. English University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2011

M.A. English North Carolina State University 2013

Area(s) of Expertise

Rhetoric(s) of objectivity, Feminist and critical science studies, WiD through epistemology