Robyn Moore is a PhD student in the Sociology Department where she is the Jr. Editor of the Journal of Marriage and Family and a Graduate Assistant for the Critical Race Initiative.

Robyn is a graduate student affiliate of the Maryland Population Research Center. She studies social change and policing, specifically: attitudes regarding use of force, stop & frisk, racial profiling and #BlackLivesMatter. Her research focuses on bringing Critical Race Theory to Criminological literature and 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.

Prior to attending the University of Maryland, Robyn worked as District Operations Manager for Pennsylvania Representative Rosita C. Youngblood. There she served the 198th Legislative district, advocating for policy related to criminal justice reform, environmental justice and community engagement. 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. Through this fellowship with the Pennsylvania House of Representatives she was able to draft and present a bill regarding Pretrial Justice and Bail Reform, which went on to be PA House Bill 1092. 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. Robyn has worked with several local and community organizations in Philadelphia including: The University Community Collaborative, Mothers in Charge, Mercy Neighborhood Ministries, CeaseFirePA and the Philadelphia Orchard Project. 


Areas of Interest

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


  • BA
    Temple University
  • AA
    Bucks County Community College


  • The Racial Divide on Support for Police Use of Force


  • Sociology of Law
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