Joan H. Robinson, JD, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Columbia Law School, under the Eric H. Holder, Jr. Initiative for Civil and Political Rights at Columbia University. A scholar of law and social science, Robinson specializes in science and technology studies and gender studies. She has written several peer-reviewed publications all addressing gender inequality and human rights.
Robinson recently defended her dissertation, In Whose Hands: The Pregnancy Test in American Life, which received the Robert Merton Award for Best Dissertation in the Department of Sociology at Columbia in May 2018.
Through the Holder Initiative, Robinson has developed and overseen curriculum, programming, and internships to bridge the gap between Columbia's Core Curriculum and students' career goals in public service and justice. In its short lifespan, the Holder Initiative has already provided opportunities to dozens of students to pursue opportunities in a wide variety of public service and justice fields.
In law school, Robinson worked at Legal Momentum (formerly NOW-LDF) and the ACLU Women's Rights Project, where she focused on employment discrimination against women of color, and at the Safe Harbor Project and The Legal Aid Society, where she won immigration relief for victims of domestic violence. Robinson continued on at The Legal Aid Society as a Staff Attorney in both the Bronx Neighborhood Office and the Brooklyn Neighborhood Office, preventing evictions and homelessness of some of the most resilient and resourceful women and families she has ever met.
She is thankful for the privilege to be able to work in the intersection of scholarship, teaching, and the pursuit of justice.