Ph.D., Stony Brook University
Prof. Robbins is a political scientist specializing in American politics, applying theories from political economy to questions relating to how political institutions structure the behavior of political organizations throughout the political process. Prof. Robbins previously taught at George Mason University.
Much of Prof. Robbin’s research aims to overcome the traditional boundaries between interest group research and policy/administrative studies, combining the concerns of both fields in innovative studies of policy arenas in which group politics and policy outcomes intersect. Her current research focuses on the behavior of organized interests. In particular, she studies the transmission of information, the creation of campaign finance networks, and the structure of group networks. Of particular interest are how context and information effect behavior and political and policy outcomes.