Research Areas

Critical, Psychosocial, and Feminist Criminologies; Psychological Trauma; Social Control of Women and Girls; Psychodynamic Theory; Social History of Women and Crime 


Ph.D., Brandeis University 

Psy.D., George Washington University 


University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Faculty Website

Duke University Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture

Robin A. Robinson

Robin A. Robinson

Robin A. Robinson

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.  

Current Projects

This project establishes the claim that convicted British young women were trafficked as reproductive labor in the British colonial economy, promulgated in America in the late 17th C and throughout the 18th C until American Independence. Case studies developed from primary sources and public records bring to life this very much forgotten chapter of British-American colonial and women’s history. 

Representative Publications

Robinson, R. A. & Gadd, D. (2016). Annihilation Anxiety and Crime. Theoretical Criminology, 20(2), 185-204. doi:10.1177/1362480615594872 

Robinson, R. A. (2011). ‘Since I couldn’t get out of my own skin’: What would a feminist, psychoanalytic perspective of crime and justice look like? In DeKeseredy, W. & Dragiewicz, M. Handbook of Critical Criminology. Routledge. Pp. 194-208.