Michael F. Robinson

Assistant Professor of History

Hillyer College, University of Hartford



Office: 316 Hillyer Hall

Email: microbins@hartford.edu

Phone: (860) 768-5951

Hours: Tues and Thurs12:30-2:00, Wed 9:00-10:00am

Blog: Time to Eat the Dogs


Michael Robinson is an assistant professor of history. His teaching and research fields include the history of exploration, history of American culture and science, and the history of globalization. He received his Ph.D. in the history of science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002. His book The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006), winner of the 2008 Book Prize from the Forum of the History of Science in America, examines American fascination with Arctic exploration in the 19th and 20th centuries. Robinson serves as an advisory editor of the journal Isis and sits on the executive steering committee of the Maury Workshop for the History of Oceanography. He currently serves as guest-curator for an exhibition on Arctic exploration at the Portland Museum of Art (Maine) to commemorate the International Polar Year of 2007-2009. He writes a blog about science, history, and exploration called Time to Eat the Dogs. He is currently working on a book about the cultural history of exploration in America.


Recent Publications


The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture


Extremes: Oceanography’s Adventures at the Poles (Chapter 1, “Reconsidering the Theory of the Open Polar Sea”)