Dawn T. Robinson is Professor of Sociology and Fellow in the Owens Institute of Behavioral Research at the University of Georgia where she founded and co-directs the Laboratory for the Study of Social Interaction and the Computational Social Science Work Group. Dr. Robinson received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Cornell University and held a postdoctoral fellowship in Normal and Abnormal Group Processes at Stanford University. Prior to coming to the University of Georgia, Dr. Robinson taught at the University of Iowa and at Louisiana State University.
Dr. Robinson's research examines how macro-level social structures are produced, conserved, and altered during face-to-face interaction. In particular, she works with formal theories of identity and emotion that model the link between structure, culture, and individual social action and experience. Much of Dr. Robinson's work involves testing these theories using experimental methods.
In 2009, Dr. Robinson was selected as a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences. She is past Chair of the Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section, the Social Psychology Section, and of the Sociology of Emotion Section of American Sociological Association. She also has held elected offices in the International Society for Research on Emotion and the Southern Sociological Society. Dr. Robinson is a member of the professional honor society, the Sociological Research Association. She served on the Committee of Visitors for the National Science Foundation program on Human and Social Dynamics.
Dr. Robinson's recent research includes a four-country study on representations of affective-linguistic culture, developing new mathematical models of cross-cultural interactions, developing non-reactive emotion measures of emotion in social interaction (with Jody Clay-Warner), studying emotional responses to injustice, research on gender and networks, and investigations of social structure and conversational interaction. Her co-edited book (with Jody Clay-Warner), Social Structure and Emotion, received the 2010 Best Book Award from the ASA Section on the Sociology of Emotion. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Office of Naval Research, and the Army Research Office and has appeared in outlets including American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Social Forces, and Social Psychology Quarterly. Her latest project, funded by the Army Research Office, is on Computational Models of Cultural Meaning and Social Interaction.