Robin Fetherston

Assistant Professor, English


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Academic Writing, Literature, and Creative Writing


  • MA The College of William and Mary
  • BA Arizona State University


Robin Fetherston teaches writing, research methods, and literature to undergraduate students. Currently she is teaching Detective Fiction, an upper-level course that she recently developed.

Robin is a co-coordinator of The Education City Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Research Forum, which offers a conference type platform for faculty members from the six universities. She is also the founder and coordinator of the VCUQatar School-Wide Reading Program, which each semester involves all members of the university in a common reading experience and was the first of its kind in Qatar. In August 2008, Robin became VCUQatar’s first recipient of the Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Award.

Robin’s undergraduate work was in learning disabilities with an emphasis on behavioral science. After nearly fifteen years as an educator, during which she worked with every age group from preschool through adulthood, she earned an MA in English Language and Literature from the College of William and Mary, and subsequently joined the English program at VCUQatar. Her writing has appeared internationally in journals and in magazines, newspapers, and business publications in the United States, as well as in both English and Arabic language publications in the Gulf. Photographic works of hers have accompanied some of her publications and have been exhibited in the VCUQatar Gallery. From 2006-2008, she served as Associate Editor of The International Journal of the Book. Her presentations have taken her to the U.S., Spain, Malta, and Kenya.

Research Interests

  • A Historical Perspective on Detective Fiction
  • Adolescent Development and Death in Victorian Britain
  • British Cultural Influences on Victorian Art and Literature
  • Transitions between Oral Traditions and Textual Practices in the Middle East


  1. Fetherston, Robin. “Dickens and the Early Pre-Raphaelites: Finding Oneself among the Dead.” International Journal of Arts & Sciences 3.10 (October 2010): 127-142.
  2. Fetherston, Robin. “Writing & Designing Short-Story Books for Adults.” Published as journal article, online article, in CD-Rom format, and as single publication. The International Journal of the Book 5.4 (Fall 2008): 25-36.
  3. Fetherston, Robin. “Books as Elements of Pleasure: Establishing a University-Wide Reading Program in an Oral Society in the Middle East.” Published as journal article, online article, in CD-Rom format, and as single publication. The International Journal of the Book 4.4 (Sept. 2007): 177-184.