Robin A. Robinson, PhD, PsyD


Sociology / Anthropology




Liberal Arts 393A


Brandeis University, Heller SchoolPhD
George Washington UniversityPsyD



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. 

Most recently, she has been selected as a Fulbright Research Scholar to conduct research on sexual violence in Hungary. Professor Robinson’s two-part, two-year research project entitled, “Beyond Obstacles, Toward Justice for Victims of Sexual Violence in Hungary,” will examine underreporting of rape and sexual assault in the central European nation. Dr. Robinson’s host institution will be the National Institute of Criminology of Hungary, Scientific Research Institute of the Supreme Prosecution. She will work with colleagues at the Institute throughout the two years.

Robin's other 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 a Resident Scholar 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. 

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