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Rachel Robinson

Associate Professor School of International Service

Dr. Robinson is a sociologist and demographer whose research focuses on global health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa, including family planning, HIV/AIDS, and sexuality education. Her book, Intimate Interventions: Preventing Pregnancy and Preventing HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa (Cambridge University Press 2017), investigates the relationship between family planning and HIV/AIDS interventions across the continent with a focus on Senegal, Nigeria, and Malawi. Journals that have published her research include Demography, Journal of the International AIDS Society, Population Studies, and Population Research and Policy Review. She has conducted field research in Namibia, Malawi, Nigeria, and Senegal, and current projects relate to politicized homophobia in sub-Saharan Africa and the extent of social science knowledge on NGOs. Her research has been funded by the MacArthur Foundation, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Robinson teaches courses on statistics, global health, NGOs, population studies, and development.

Degrees

PhD, Sociology and Demography, University of California, Berkeley, 2007 MA, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 2003 MA, Demography, University of California, Berkeley, 2002 BA, Sociology and Anthropology, Swarthmore College, 1999

Favorite Spot on Campus
My office
Book Currently Reading
Strangers in Their Own Land, by Arlie Russell Hochschild

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Office
SIS-School of Intl Service
SIS - 341
Office Hours: Mondays 2:30-4:30, Wednesdays 4:15-5:15
Contact Info
(202) 885-1636 (Office)

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Teaching

  • Spring 2018

    • SIS-619 Special Studies in Int'l Pol: NGOs in Global Governance
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    • SISU-349 Topics Glb Ineq,Dev,Env,Hlth: Politics of Population
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  • Fall 2018

    • SIS-635 Adv Topics in Development Mgmt: Introduction to Global Health
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Dr. Robinson has published on the determinants of fertility timing and numbers in the journals Demography and Population Studies.  She has also published on population policy (forthcoming in Population Research and Policy Review).  She is currently working on a book project that extends her research on population policy to examine how countries’ political and organizational responses to rapid population growth have influenced their ability to combat HIV/AIDS. A related piece was published in 2011 in the Journal of the International AIDS Society.

 

Selected Publications

Grants and Sponsored Research

  • MacArthur Foundation "Sandwich Strategies: Comparative Analysis of Institutional Change in the Global South" 2018-2021 ($500,000, co-PI Jonathan Fox)
  • MacArthur Foundation "Managing the Politics of Adolescent Sexuality Education in Nigeria and Mississippi" 2012-2017 ($300,000, co-PI Jeremy Shiffman)
  • Council of American Overseas Research Centers Multi-Country Research Fellowship 2009-10   
  • National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship, 2003-06   
  • National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, Graduate Training Grant, 2001-03

AU Expert

Area of Expertise:

Global Health and development; HIV/AIDS; family planning; sex-related health interventions, homophobia, and LGBTQ issues in sub-Saharan Africa

Additional Information:

Rachel Robinson is an associate professor in the School of International Service at American University and holds a PhD in sociology and demography from the University of California at Berkeley. Her research focuses on sex-related health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa, including family planning, HIV/AIDS, and sexuality education. She studies how such interventions come into being, the actors that implement them (especially NGOs), and how they influence one another. Current projects relate to politicized homophobia and the extent of social science knowledge on NGOs. She has published a book, Intimate Interventions in Global Health: Family Planning and HIV Prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa (Cambridge University Press 2017) and articles in journals such as Demography, Journal of the International AIDS Society, Population Studies, and Population Research and Policy Review. She has conducted field research in Namibia, Malawi, Nigeria, and Senegal. Her research has been funded by the MacArthur Foundation, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Robinson teaches courses on statistics, global health, population studies, development, and NGOs.

Media Relations
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