Dr Isabel Robinson was awarded her doctorate from the University of Edinburgh, where she specialised in the cultural politics of early modern England. She now pursues a twofold career as an archives assistant and as an historical researcher. Dr Robinson is based at the Archives and Special Collections of Exeter College, assisting in the management, care and preservation of the College’s historic collections. She is also the Principal Researcher of the College’s Legacies of Slavery project, which aims to explore the institutional history of Exeter College, its alumni and Fellows within the context of a wider colonial past.
Dr Robinson’s broader research interests include the history of the book in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, especially the circulation and reception of texts within popular culture. In 2017 Dr Robinson was awarded the Katharine F. Panzter Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography, which was undertaken at Harvard’s Houghton Library. She also has considerable experience of working in the heritage sector, having formerly been involved in a number of research and conservation projects in museums and archives across the U.K.