- 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
- Born a Crime, Trevor Noah
- 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.
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
- Robinson, Rachel Sullivan. 2017. Intimate Interventions in Global Health: Family Planning and HIV Prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Brass, Jennifer N., Wesley Longhofer, Rachel S. Robinson, and Allison Schnable. 2018. "NGOs and international development: A review of thirty-five years of scholarship." World Development 112:136-49.
- Jeremy Shiffman, Michael ON Kunnuji, Rachel Sullivan Robinson, and Yusra Shawar. 2018. “International Norms and the Politics of Sexuality Education in Nigeria.” Globalization and Health 14:63.
- Robinson, Rachel Sullivan, Michael ON Kunnuji, Yusra Shawar, and Jeremy Shiffman. 2018. “Prioritizing Sexuality Education in Nigeria and Mississippi: The Importance of Local Actors, Political Opportunity, and Creative Strategy.” Global Public Health.
- Kunnuji, Michael ON, Rachel Sullivan Robinson, Jeremy Shiffman, and Yusra Shawar. 2017. “Variable implementation of Family Life and HIV Education across states in Nigeria: The Kano, Lagos and Niger examples.” Studies in Family Planning 48(4): 359-376.
- Robinson, Rachel Sullivan. 2015. “Population Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Case of both Normative and Coercive Ties to the World Polity.” Population Research and Policy Review 34(2): 201-221.
- Robinson, Rachel Sullivan. 2012. “Negotiating Development Prescriptions: The Case of Population Policy in Nigeria.” Population Research and Policy Review 31(2):267-96.
- Robinson, Rachel Sullivan. 2011. “From Population to HIV: The Organizational and Structural Determinants of HIV Outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Journal of the International AIDS Society 14(Suppl 2): S6.
- Robinson, Rachel Sullivan, Karen L. Kramer, and Ronald D. Lee. 2008. “Counting Women’s Labour: A Reanalysis of Children’s Net Production Using Cain’s Data from a Bangladeshi Village.” Population Studies 62(1): 25-38.
- Sullivan, Rachel. 2005. “The Age Pattern of First-Birth Rates among US Women: The Bimodal 1990s.” Demography 42(2): 259-73.
Dr. Robinson's research centers around three main streams. The first stream examines variation in how countries respond to health and development problems and has produced a book and numerous articles related to related to family planning, HIV prevention, and sexuality education in sub-Saharan Africa. Policies, programs, and organizations are of particular interest across these areas. The second stream investigates the origins and effects of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and asks broader questions about state-society relationships. The third stream analyzes fertility timing and outcomes.