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Joan H. Robinson is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University.  Her interests include interactions of gender, law, political economy, economic sociology, organizations, and science, technology, and medical studies.  Joan's research explores the subordinate and often complex position of women domestically and internationally, with a particular focus on issues of poverty, race and ethnicity, (dis)ability, youth, and nation.  

Joan grew up in Butler, Pennsylvania, a small Rust Belt town nestled in the foothills of northern Appalachia.  She received a BA magna cum laude from Syracuse University, where she received awards for her research in both political science and women's studies, and a JD from Brooklyn Law School, where she received numerous scholarships and awards for her extensive work for women and families and in international law.  Following law school, Joan worked for five years as a staff attorney at The Legal Aid Society where she represented low-income New Yorkers in their civil cases in the Bronx and Brooklyn.  Her former clients and colleagues at Legal Aid continue to inspire her work.

By Ashley O., my client's daughter.  "This is you, and this is where all the people you are helping live."