2025 Board of Trustees

Robin Stryker

Purdue University

Robin Stryker is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Purdue University.  Previously she was Professor in the School of Sociology, Rogers College of Law (by courtesy) and the School of Government and Public Policy (by courtesy) at the University of Arizona.  Before that she held positions at the Universities of Minnesota and Iowa.  She has held visiting positions at EHESS and Science-Po LIEPP in Paris, France.  Throughout her career, she has received multiple teaching and mentoring awards, and she has received numerous scholarly awards for her research, including a Jean Monnet Fellowship in 2001, A Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008 and a Center for Advanced Study in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Fellowship at Stanford University in 2016.  Her research lies at the intersection of law, politics, and inequality, and includes work on law and markets, civil rights, international human rights, law and legitimacy, law and social change, and legal consciousness.  Among her recent publications are “From Legal Doctrine to Social Transformation? Comparing US Voting Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity and Fair Housing Legislation, American Journal of Sociology (2017, with Nicholas Pedriana) which won Distinguished Article awards from the American Sociological Association’s Political Sociology and Human Rights Sections, and Closing the Rights Gap: From Human Rights to Social Transformation, University of California Press (2015, co-edited with LaDawn Haglund).  She is completing a book on the politics of social and behavioral science in US employment discrimination law.  She has been active in numerous professional associations, including the American Sociological Association, where she has been an elected member of the ASA Council and the elected chair of three sections: Theory, Sociology of Law and Political Sociology.  She has been elected President of the international Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), and she has served on the National Science Foundation’s Law & Social Science Review Panel. 


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