Robert R. RobinsonAssistant Professor
Heritage Hall 405
Research Interests: Judicial behavior and decision-making, Supreme Court nominations, American political development and the courts, judicial psychology, expert testimony
Office Hours: M/W/F 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
- BA with Honors, Rhodes College
- MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Robinson teaches courses in public law, American government, and political theory. He received a PhD at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he also received awards for his teaching, and came to UAB after two years teaching at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Robinson is the faculty advisor for the UAB Pre-Law Society, which works to help students explore and navigate post-graduate legal education. On campus, he has spoken on numerous topics, including presidential elections, the role of free speech here and abroad, executive power and the "war on terror," and the viability of law school in the wake of a downturn for the legal profession.
Dr. Robinson has a wide range of scholarly interests relating to law and legal policy. His dissertation was nominated for the American Political Science Association's Edward S. Corwin Award. He has published studies on judicial behavior and Supreme Court nominations, with a particular focus on examining behavior extending beyond decisions on the merits and extra-legal influences on that behavior extending beyond judicial ideology. He has also examined how the public policy concept of punctuated equilibrium can be employed to understand and explain patterns of change in the Supreme Court's docket and doctrine, and is currently undertaking research to examine the drivers of those changes.
Robinson's recent work has been published or is forthcoming in Law & Society Review, Policy Studies Journal, the Justice System Journal, the Forum, and Politics & Policy, as well as additional publications in nationally ranked law reviews.
- American Constitutional Law I (Government Powers)
- American Constitutional Law II (Rights and Liberties)
- The American Presidency
- Introduction to American Government
- The Judicial Process
- Modern Political Theory
- “Punctuated Equilibrium and the Supreme Court,” Policy Studies Journal 41 (No. 4, 2013), 655-82.
- "Executive Branch Socialization and Deference on the U.S. Supreme Court," Law and Society Review 46 (No. 4, 2012): 889-921.
- "Does Prosecutorial Experience Balance Out: A Judge's Liberal Tendencies?" Justice System Journal 32 (No. 2, 2011): 143-68.
- Midwest Political Science Association
- American Political Science Association
- UAB Pre-Law Society