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 has earned recognition from the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), the Ford Foundation, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, the Paris Institute for Political Studies, and the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. His commentary has appeared in the Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New Republic and the Social Science Research Council's Items series. Robinson received his B.A. from Hampton University and his Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University.