Robert Turpin
  • Robert Turpin
  • Assistant Director of Honors Program, Assistant Professor of History

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  • Phone: 828.898.8794
  • Office: Bowman Building, Office 204
  • Department: Academics


PhD, MA, BA, University of Kentucky

Common Courses Taught

Foundations of World Civilizations
Modern Europe: French Revolution to Present

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

I am most interested in social and cultural history, particularly when it comes to ideas of race, class, and gender. Much of my research looks at masculinity, childhood, sport, and consumerism. I am currently working on a book that uses the bicycle to look at American culture. 


Personal Interests

I grew up near the foothills of Appalachia in Kentucky. After moving to attend college at U.K., I became heavily involved in skateboarding and the local punk/indie/hardcore music scene in Lexington, KY. I then moved to Louisville for law school and became an avid cyclist. When I'm not playing with my two daughters, I still like to ride as much as I can.