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Joan H. Robinson, JD, PhD forthcoming, is Associate Director of the Eric H. Holder 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 recently defended her dissertation, "In Whose Hands: The Pregnancy Test in American Life," and will be conferred the PhD in February 2018.

Combining legal and social science methodology, Robinson's research seeks to challenge the persistent problem of the subordination of women and girls in all societies. She is an author of several peer-reviewed publications all addressing gender inequality and human rights.

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 left Legal Aid to start the PhD program at Columbia and is thankful every day for the privilege to be able to pursue this type of work.