Robin A. Robinson

robin sitting on chair


Professor, Sociology & Anthropology

Coordinator, Community Engaged Research Initiative

PhD, Brandeis University, Heller School

PsyD, George Washington University


Office: Liberal Arts, Room 393 










Robin A. Robinson is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Coordinator of the Community Engaged Research Initiative, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She holds a PhD in Social Policy from Brandeis University and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University. Her research combines psychoanalytic theory and critical and feminist criminologies in the study of trauma, criminality, and social control of women and girls. 

Robin's recent work extends to psychosocial analyses of literature and visual arts and social histories of women and crime, including an extended study of British women convicts transported to the American colonies, and the laws, policies, practices, and subterfuge that enforced their role as reproductive labor. Deeply committed to scholarship and praxis, she has also received many grants in support of research and scholarship in areas such as vicarious trauma and anti-violence workers, girls and violence, and teen relational violence, to combine theoretical research with extensive community engagement.

She is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and Visiting Research Associate at Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center. Other visiting research appointments have included the Simon Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester School of Law; University of Cambridge; Institute of Criminology; Visiting International Scholar at the University of Uppsala in Sweden; the Mary Lily Research Grant from Duke University's Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture; Keele University; Social Science Research Institute; as well as recent work with the Montana State University Center for Health Equity in Rural Montana.  

Other Links

University of Glasgow, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. Beginning November 2016. Lead International Collaborator with PI Michele Burman:  “Experiences and Effects of Vicarious Traumatisation Amongst Those Who Work with Troubled Young Women and Girls: Stage 1”. Research funding from The Wellcome Trust, Humanities and Social Sciences Division.
Brandeis University, Women's Studies Research Center, Visiting Research Associate. AY 2016-2017.
Robinson, RA & Gadd, D. (2016). Annihilation Anxiety and Crime. Theoretical Criminology, 20(2), 185-204. doi:10.1177/1362480615594872 
UMass Medical School Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Community Engagement Section. Community Academic and Advisory Panel.
Creative Approaches to Building Community Engaged Research Partnerships: Resources and Collaborations. Fifth Annual Community Engaged Research Symposium, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Panel organizer and moderator. Paper: Psychological Foundations of Power and Relational Abuse Amongst Rural and Small-Town Teens.
University of Manchester, England. Methods@Manchester. Broad range of information and webcasts of research methods in the social sciences. What is Psychoanalytic and Psychosocial Research Methodology?
University of Manchester, School of Law (England), Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice. Simon Visiting Professor, 2011-2013.
Duke University, Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture. I'm working with archival material there for the British women transportees project.