Professor Robinson studies the racial underpinnings of money and markets, with emphasis on housing and credit policies. His work examines how the rise of finance is reshaping place-based inequalities within and around American cities.
Professor Robinson's current book project, entitled Liquid City: Affordable Housing and the Color of Transformation, explores the ongoing rise of the affordable housing industry in the US. A secondary project investigates how race shapes suburban reliance on punitive fines and fees. His work appears or is forthcoming in leading journals such as the American Journal of Sociology, Socio-Economic Review, Politics and Society, Law and Social Inquiry, Journal of Urban Affairs, and Housing Policy Debate, and has earned recognition from the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), the Ford Foundation, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, and the Paris Institute for Political Studies.