About Robert Keith Collins



(415) 338-2013


Instructional Faculty, Special Programs


American Indian StudiesCollege of Ethnic Studies


Downtown Campus (DTC)


Office Hours: 

Wednesday: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Office Hours (Additional Info): 

Please feel free to schedule an appointment for an office hour with Dr. Collins at rkc@sfsu.edu.



At SF State Since:

Fall 2006


Robert Keith Collins, PhD, a four-field trained anthropologist, is Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University. He holds a BA in Anthropology, a BA in Native American Studies, and a minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Collins also holds an MA and PhD in Anthropology from UCLA. Using a person-centered ethnographic approach, his research explores American Indian cultural changes and African and Native American interactions in North, Central, and South America. His recent academic efforts include being a co-curator on the Smithsonian's traveling banner exhibit "IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas," an edited volume with Routledge (2023) on "Studying African-Native Americans: Problems, Perspectives, and Prospects," an edited volume with Cognella Press (2017) on "African and Native American Contact in the U.S.: Anthropological and Historical Perspectives", an edited volume for the American Indian Culture and Research Journal at UCLA (2013) on "Reducing Barriers to Native American Student Success", a forthcoming edited volume under contract with Cognella Press on "Native American Populations and Colonial Diseases," and two books in final preparation: "African-Native Americans: Racial Expectations and Red-Black Lived Realities" (University of Minnesota Press) and “Memories of Kin that Race Can't Erase: Kinship, Memory, and Self Among African-Choctaw Mixed Bloods” (University of North Carolina Press).