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Department ofSociology

Laura Robinson

Laura Robinson

Associate Professor

Ph.D. 2006, Sociology, UCLA

Laura Robinson specializes in digital media, sociology of communication and media, digital inequality, and comparative sociology (Brazil, France, and the United States). Her work has appeared in top tier journals including Information, Communication & Society, New Media & Society, Sociology, and Sociological Methodology. Her publications on digital media have been recognized with multiple awards from CITAMS (the Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology section of the ASA), the International and Intercultural Division of the National Communication Association (NCA IICD), and the Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR). Robinson has served as Series Co-Editor of Emerald Studies in Media and Communications, section chair of CITAMS, Visiting Assistant Professor at Cornell University, Visiting Scholar at Trinity College Dublin, and postdoctoral researcher at USC Annenberg. She earned her Ph.D. from UCLA, where she held a Mellon Fellowship in Latin American Studies and received a Bourse d’Accueil at the École Normale Supérieure.

At Santa Clara, she teaches courses including Computers, Internet & Society, Cultures and Ideas, and Qualitative Methods.