ASSISTANT PROVOST FOR CIVIC AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Ph.D., University of Michigan (1996);
Charlton W. Tebeau Associate Professor
Office: Rm. 606 Ashe
Phone: (305) 284-4261
Fields of Interest: U.S. Urban, Cultural, Environmental, Sport
Robin F. Bachin is the Charlton W. Tebeau Associate Professor of History and the Assistant Provost for Civic and Community Engagement at the University of Miami (UM). She received her B.A. from Brandeis University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, with Highest Honors in History and the History of Ideas. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. Her areas of research and teaching include American urban, environmental, and cultural history. Bachin has published numerous articles and delivered scholarly presentations on topics including universities and community engagement, urban planning and public space, community development and urban design, and the intersections of urban and environmental history. Her first book, Building the South Side: Urban Space and Civic Culture in Chicago, 1890-1919 (University of Chicago Press in 2004) won the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Illinois History and Heritage. Bachin’s latest book is “Big Bosses:” A Working Girl’s Memoir of Jazz Age America (University of Chicago Press, 2016).
Bachin has developed a number of projects that bridge the gap between the academy and the public, including several digital humanities initiatives. She was one of the first recipients of the University of Miami Library Digital Fellowships, which supported the creation of her digital archive on “Travel, Tourism, and Urban Growth in Greater Miami." In addition, she is project director for MAP | Miami Affordability Project, an online mapping tool for visualizing neighborhood-level data on housing market dynamics, community development and historic preservation; project director for the Miami Housing Policy Timeline, an online timeline tracing the history of housing policy locally and nationally; and historical advisor for “Make Big Plans: Daniel Burnham’s Vision of an American Metropolis: A Digital Exhibition." Bachin also served as guest curator of an exhibition at the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach entitled "In Pursuit of Pleasure: Schultze and Weaver and the American Hotel.” Princeton Architectural Press published the exhibition catalogue, Grand Hotels of the Jazz Age. She also was a senior consulting editor on The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia and an Advisory Board member of the Encyclopedia of Chicago.
Connecting the academy and the public has been central to Bachin’s academic career, and shaped her desire to found the Office of Civic and Community Engagement at UM. Her efforts have been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2016 Spirit of Service-Learning Award from the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of America, the 2015 Phi Beta Kappa Key of Excellence Award, and the 2013 Community Engagement Educator Award. She also led the effort for UM to receive the 2016 award for Most Engaged Institution of Higher Education from Florida Campus Compact and the 2015 Carnegie Classification in Community Engagement.
Bachin has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the John Reps Prize for Distinguished Dissertation in Urban Planning History; the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; and the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Scholarly Excellence. In addition, she has received fellowships from the Graham Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Teagle Foundation, and the Driehaus Foundation. She also has received funding support from JPMorgan Chase, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the Citi Foundation, the Miami-Dade County Housing Finance Authority, and the Miami-Dade County Public Housing and Community Development department to support several projects that promote affordable housing and urban revitalization in South Florida. She currently serves on the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Housing Solutions Task Force.
Bachin is a Past President of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, and has served on the Boards of Directors of Imagining America, the Urban History Association, the Miami Consortium for Urban Studies, the Good Government Initiative, and the Urban Environment League of Greater Miami. She has been interviewed by various media outlets, including BBC America, The Today Show, National Public Radio, and NBC television. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Miami, she was the Assistant Director of the Scholl Center for American History and Culture at the Newberry Library in Chicago, where she served as Project Coordinator for the National Park Service’s Labor History Landmark Project and founder of the Urban History Dissertation Group.
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