Victoria Robinson

Victoria Robinson
Lecturer & American Cultures Program Director Comparative Ethnic Studies
Ethnic Studies
Criminal justice, Immigration and migration

Dr. Robinson is a lecturer at UC. Berkeley in Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies, teaching courses addressing race and ethnicity in the United States and global female migrations. Her most recent area of research addresses the gendering of post-industrial return migrations to the Caribbean.

At UC Berkeley, as director of The American Cultures Center, Victoria has continued to build the nationally-recognized undergraduate diversity curriculum. Within this curriculum, Victoria co-taught the ‘Big Ideas’ course ‘Prison’ with faculty from Law, Architecture and Native American Studies. Working with several local and national prison reform and abolition organizations, the ‘Prison’ course reflects Dr. Robinson’s personal and scholarly commitment to the work of social justice in higher education. Dr. Robinson’s most recent scholarship and teaching reveals the woven connections between mass incarceration, immigration detention and deportation, and centrally those community-based movements which seek to mobilize the political and social rights of those inside and between walls and cages.

Dr. Robinson is a graduate of Oxford University (Post-doctoral studies in Comparative Migration Systems), the University of London (Ph.D. Political and Cultural Geography) and the University of Wales at Aberystwyth (B.A. in Geography and International Relations). Her initial graduate studies addressed the migrations of women from Somalia and The Philippines to Southern Europe, while working in Rome at ‘La Mensa d’ Trastevere’, a non-profit organization facilitating the incorporation of undocumented immigrants.