Laura Robinson is a sociologist whose current work examines digital sociology in Brazil, France, and the US including digital inequalities, comparative political discourse, digital youth, and disaster response from COVID-19 to 9/11/01.
Robinson is a professor of sociology at Santa Clara University where she holds the inaugural Lewis Family Fellowship Chair from the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Other appointments include affiliated faculty at the UC Berkeley Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, visiting faculty at Cornell University, visiting scholar at Trinity College Dublin, and postdoctoral researcher at USC Annenberg. Robinson’s research has been funded by a Mellon Fellowship in Latin American studies and a bourse at l’École Normale Supérieure. Robinson’s roles in the field of digital studies include service as series co-editor of Emerald Studies in Media and Communications and Palgrave Studies in Digital Inequalities; coordinator of the Brazil-U.S. Colloquium on Communication Research; and former chair of the Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology section of the American Sociological Association. Robinson’s work has been recognized with awards from AOIR, NCA IICD, and CITAMS.