National Advisory Board

Robin Bachin

Board Member

Robin F. Bachin is the Charlton W. Tebeau Associate Professor of History and Assistant Provost for Civic and Community Engagement at the University of Miami. 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, immigration, and cultural history.    Her first book, Building the South Side: Urban Space and Civic Culture in Chicago, 1890-1919, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2004 (paperback 2008) and won the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Illinois History and Heritage. Bachin’s current book project isTropical Urbanism: Modernity, Exoticism, and the Creation of South Florida, 1890-1965.

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 for the Advancement of the Fine Arts, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Teagle Foundation, and the Driehaus Foundation. Most recently, she was named a 2010-2011 Emerging Scholars Fellow from Florida Campus Compact, and a National Research Fellow for Imagining America’s Engaged Undergraduate Education Collaborative.

Bachin has developed a number of projects that bridge the gap between the academy and the public. She was one of the first recipients of the University of Miami Library Digital Fellowship, which supported the creation of her digital archive on “Travel, Tourism, and Urban Growth in Greater Miami” (

In addition, Bachin 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,” which ran from November 2005 through May 2006, and from September 2010 to January 2011. 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 (Indiana University Press, 2007) and an Editorial Board Member of the Encyclopedia of Chicago (The Newberry Library, 2004).

Bachin has published numerous articles and delivered scholarly presentations on topics including universities and community engagement; urban planning and public space; sustainability and urban design; and the intersections of urban and environmental history.  She is the Past President of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting scholarship on the planning of cities and metropolitan regions over time, and to bridging the gap between the scholarly study of cities and the practice of urban planning.  In addition, she has served on the Boards of Directors of the Urban History Association, the Miami Consortium for Urban Studies, the Coral Gables Museum, and the Urban Environment League of Greater Miami. 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. Bachin has appeared on The Today Show, National Public Radio, and NBC television discussing topics ranging from the impact of public parks on urban life to the changing role of women in intercollegiate athletics.