Robyn Moore is a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department where her areas of focus are: Sociology of Law and Institutional Racism. She uses Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality and historical analysis to interrogate political institutions and how they reinforce and reproduce racial hierarchies. Some of her recent work focuses on law enforcement as an institution and an extension of the state. 

Robyn is a first-generation college student and firmly believes in advocating for public and university policies that would eliminate barriers for students from marginalized backgrounds. Robyn has taught Introduction to Sociology and has assisted in teaching Social Theory, Human Societies, Statistics for Sociology and Why are We Still Talking About Race?. She is also working to develop courses that focus on teaching sociology using popular culture. She welcomes questions and conversations with undergraduates.

Departmental Involvement:
Robyn is the Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Marriage and Family and a member of the JMF working group. Robyn is a graduate student affiliate of the Critical Race Initiative and the Maryland Population Research Center. She  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.

Professional Experience:
Prior to attending the University of Maryland, Robyn graduated Summa Cum Laude from Temple University with a degree in Sociology and Political Science. Robyn went on to work for the State of Pennsylvania for State Representative and Secretary of the Democratic Caucus, Rosita C. Youngblood. There, 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. She then became a Legislative Liaison for 198th district in Philadelphia, where she was involved in community outreach and constituent services.


Areas of Interest

  • Political Institutions
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Police/Policing
  • Intersectionality
  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • Social Movements
  • Pop Culture/Stratification


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


  • The Racial Divide on Support for Police Use of Force
  • Developing a Critical Lens for Understanding Race-Relations and Police Legitimacy
  • 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


  • Sociology of Law
  • Stratification
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Social Movements and the State
ASY 1114
Department of Sociology
rtmoore2 [at]