Robyn Moore is a third year PhD student in the Sociology Department where she is an Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Marriage and Family. Her research areas are sociology of law and social movements and the state. She studies policing, specifically: police officer perceptions of Black Lives Matter, public attitudes regarding use of force, stop & frisk and racial profiling. She focused on bringing Critical Race Theory to the sociological and criminological literatures, interrogating the institutions that reinforce and reproduce racial hierarchies.

Robyn is an advocate for public sociology and an active contributor to Contexts (a quarterly magazine of the American Sociological Association aimed at making social science research accessible to the general public) and a supporter of  SocArXiv project, which provides a free, non-profit, open access platform for social scientists to upload working papers, preprints, and published papers for public consumption. Robyn is a graduate student affiliate of the Critical Race Initiative and the Maryland Population Research Center.

Prior to attending the University of Maryland, Robyn graduated Summa Cum Laude from Temple University with a degree in Sociology and Political Science. During her time there she was selected for participation in the prestigious BMC Legislative Fellowship program, where she drafted and presented House Bill 1092, the Pretrial Justice and Bail Reform Act.  Robyn also worked on the development of a criminal justice reform bill package that included legislation related to police data collection, prosecutorial power, prisoner conditions, carceral transparency and prisoner re-entry. 


Areas of Interest

  • Police/Policing
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Political Institutions
  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • Social Movements
  • Intersectionality


  • MA
    University of Maryland at College Park
  • BA
    Temple University
  • AA
    Bucks County Community College


  • The Thick Blue Line: An Analysis of Police Narratives about Black Lives Matter
  • Toward a Theory of Police as Repressive Agents of the Racialized Social State
  • The Racial Divide on Support for Police Use of Force


  • Sociology of Law
  • Critical Race
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