Department of History

Robert Collins

Robert Collins

Office Hours

  • By appointment


Rob Collins earned his B.A. in German Literature at Emory University in 1986. At Auburn he is studying early American and American Indian history with Dr. Kathryn H. Braund. His primary research project is a study of the German and French papers of Lukas Vischer, a native of Basel, Switzerland, who roamed the United States, Canada, and Mexico from 1823 to 1838. Rob's article "A Swiss Traveler in the Creek Nation: The Diary of Lukas Vischer, March 1824" appeared in the October 2006 Alabama Review.

Rob is also working on a history of Brewton, Alabama, and the Conecuh valley. While studying at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Rob was editor of the 2005 edition of the Vulcan Historical Review student journal. The edition received a 2006 Nash History Journal prize (second place) from Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, Inc.   

Rob has worked as a journalist in Georgia and Florida. Since settling in Birmingham in 1992 he has worked as a writer, computer support technician, and as a policy analyst for Arise Citizens' Policy Project in Montgomery. Rob also taught classes in journalism and web design, respectively, for the University of Montevallo and the UAB continuing education program.

Last Updated: May 22, 2019