Robin Anne Reid, Ph.D., was a professor in the Department of Literature and Languages at Texas A&M University-Commerce for twenty-seven years before retiring in May, 2020, to pursue scholarship as an independent scholar.
She organized Tolkien at Kalamazoo paper sessions for International Congress on Medieval Studies from 2007 – 2011, and currently runs the Tolkien Studies area of the Popular Culture Association which she created in 2014. Her teaching areas were creative writing, marginalized literatures, stylistics, and critical theory. She co-directed two N.E.H. Tolkien Institutes for School Teachers on Teaching Tolkien (2004, 2009) with Dr. Judy Ann Ford, History, A&M‑Commerce. She and Dr. Ford also team-taught a series of undergraduate and graduate courses on Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, both face-to-face and online. She and Dr. Ford collaborated on essays on on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings, and another joint essay, “‘…things that were, and things that are, and things that yet may be’: Teaching Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings On-Line,” was published in Leslie Donovan’s Approaches to Teaching Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Other Works (MLA 2015).
Reid’s Tolkien scholarship includes bibliographic essays: “The History of Scholarship on Female Characters in J.R.R. Tolkien’s (Perilous and Fair, eds. Janet Brennan Croft and Leslie Donovan) and “Race in Tolkien Studies: A Bibliographic Essay” (Tolkien and Alterity, eds. Christopher T. Vaccaro and Yvette Kisor). Her stylistic analysis of female bodies appeared in The Body in Tolkien’s Legendarium (Christopher T. Vaccaro) and an essay on “Mythology and History: A Stylistic Analysis of The Lord of the Rings” was published in Style (Winter 2009).
She has published on Tolkien fan fiction in “Thrusts in the Dark: Slashers’ Queer Practices” (Extrapolation, Fall 2009) and “Making or creating Orcs: How Thorinsmut’s Free Orcs AU writes back to Tolkien” (Journal of Tolkien Research, 2020). She is currently working on reception study of atheist, agnostic, and animist readers of Tolkien’s legendarium and an anthology (co-edited with Christopher T. Vaccaro and Stephen Yandell), titled “‘We Could Do With a Bit More Queerness in These Parts’: Tolkien’s Queer Legendarium.” She will soon be starting work on an edited collection on Race, Racisms, and Tolkien.