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William Peters Robinson

legislator , scientist , educator

William Peters Robinson, American political scientist, educator, state legislator.


Robinson, William Peters was born on March 15, 1911 in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. Son of William Carl and Avis (Peters) Robinson.


A.B Howard U., 1932, Master of Arts, 1935. Doctor of Philosophy., New York University, 1950. 1 son, William Peters.


Instructor department political science Howard U., Washington, 1935-1939. Analyst program surveys div. Department Agriculture, Washington, 1939-1944.

Professor department social science Southern U., Baton Rouge, 1944-1946. Director School Arts and Sciences, director veterans affairs Alcorn (Mississippi) College, 1946-1948. Assistant to president, professor political science Morris Brown College, Atlanta, 1948-1950.

Department chairman political science Central State College, Wilberforce, Ohio, 1950-1958, editor Research Bulletin, 1954-1958. Department chairman political science Texas Southern U., Houston, 1958-1962. Professor political science, head department Norfolk (Virginia) State College, 1962-1981, chairman div. social science, 1965-1981, president faculty senate, 1970-1971.

Member Virginia House of Delegates, 1970-1981. Cons. Washington Office, Office of Economic Opportunity for Virginia, 1963-1981. Consultant Desegregation Institute, Elizabeth City State University, 1972-1981.

Lecturer U. N.H., 1972.


  • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member Overall Advisory Council on Needs Handicapped Children and Adults. Member Virginia Advisory Legislation Council Study Commision on Public Welfare. Member Executive Committee Advance Norfolk.

Member executive council Tidewater council Boy Scouts American Coordinator, Voter Registration Project, Norfolk. Member American (executive council), Southern, Southwestern political science associations, American Academy Political Science, American Academy Political and Social Sciences, Association for Study Afro-American Life and History (executive council, program director), American Sociological Association, Association Social and Behavioral Scientists (Presidential Service award 1974), Association Social Science Teachers (president 1954-1955), National Conference Black Political Scientists (past president), Norfolk Mission College Alumni Association (president), National Municipal League (governing council), Pi Alpha Theta, Phi Sigma Alpha. Co-editor: Negro History Bulletin.


William Carl Robinson

Avis (Peters) Robinson