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Robert Oxford

Doctoral Student


Robert Oxford was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. In 2011, Robert earned graduated magna cum laude from Oklahoma City University with a B.A. in History. There, he completed a thesis on the Tulsa Race Riot of 1929, for which he won the Joseph S. Clark Award for Exemplary Research in History. In 2014, Robert completed his M.A in American Studies from New York University where he worked as a Research Assistant. His thesis, "Harlem Riot, 1935: Urban Colonialism and Early Struggles for Civil Rights," focused on policing, violence the and contemporaneous anti-racist tactics of organized labor in Manhattan. He is now an Assistant Instructor in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing.

As an activist, Robert has researched, spoken about and participated in Occupy Wall Street in New York City, Strike Debt, The Occupy Student Debt Campaign and academic labor struggles in higher education.

Presently, Robert is researching the dynamic social and cultural changes of peoples, places and the environment due to the fracking boom in the Eagle Ford shale formation.


South Texas Fracking communities, labor cultures, ehtnography, eco-critisism, 21st century American nationalism, petrol-politics, neoliberalism, cultural geography
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