Robin Cutler has spent most of her career as a public historian both at the National Endowment for the Humanities and as president of two nonprofit organizations. She was the producer/writer of the award-winning PBS documentary Indian America: A Gift from the Past, and co-producer of ROANOAK, an Emmy-nominated dramatic series for PBS. Her first book, A Soul on Trial, was named a "notable naval book of 2007." She has a PhD in history from Columbia University and taught for eleven years in universities in New York City.

Her latest book, Such Mad Fun:Ambition and Glamour in Hollywood's Golden Age ( 2016) received a starred Kirkus Review. https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/robin-cutler/such-mad-fun/ and a Forward Reviews Indies Gold award for biography.

Robin has recently moved to Oakland, California. In addition to reading, writing, and mentoring students, she supports environmental and educational organizations, loves salted caramel, baseball, the Golden State Warriors, PBS, and Turner Classic Movies.

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Other Works

  • A Soul on Trial


Awards and Recognition

  • See https://robinrcutler.com/press/ A Kirkus Best Book of 2016; Foreword Indies Gold Winner for Biography 2016