Robin Stryker

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Professor of Sociology, Affiliated Professor of Law, Affiliated Professor of Government and Public Policy, and Research Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse


(520) 621-3531


Social Sciences Room 428


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (1986)

Research Interests: 

Robin Stryker focuses on law, politics, inequality and social change. She has two inter-related research programs, one in American regulatory law and politics, the other in cross national study of the welfare state and labor markets. She has written on sociological theory and methods, and on a variety of substantive topics, including organizations and institutional change, law's legitimacy, globalization and the welfare state; cross national family policy and gendered labor markets; law, science and public policy; the political economy and culture of labor, antitrust and employment regulation; affirmative action and pay equity; and US political culture and welfare reform. Supported by National Science Foundation grants (2005-09; 2010-12) and a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2008-09), she is writing a book on the role of economic, sociological, psychological and statistical expertise in equal employment opportunity law and politics, 1965-present, and she is co-editing a book on domestic and global legal rights and their translation into practice.

Selected Publications: 

  • 2011. R. Stryker, D. Docka and P. Wald. “Employment Discrimination Law and Industrial Psychology: Social Science as Social Authority and the Co-Production of Law and Science.” Law & Social Inquiry. In press.

    2009. R. Stryker & P. Wald. "Redefining Compassion to Reform Welfare: How Supporters of 1990s US Federal Welfare Reform Aimed for the Moral High Ground." Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society 16(4) 519-557.  

    2009. S Eliason and R. Stryker. “Goodness-of-Fit Tests and Descriptive Measures in Fuzzy Set Analysis.” Sociological Methods and Research 38: 102-146.

    2007. R. Stryker, “Half Empty, Half Full or Neither? Law, Inequality and Social Change in Capitalist Democracies.” Annual Review of Law & Social Science 3: 69-97.  

    2005. L. Edelman and R. Stryker. "A Sociological Perspective on Law and the Economy." Pp. 527-551 in Handbook of Economic Sociology, 2nd Ed., N. Smelser and R. Swedberg, eds. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

    2004. N. Pedriana and R. Stryker. "The Strength of a Weak Agency: Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Expansion of State Capacity, 1965-1971." American Journal of Sociology 110: 709-760.

    2000. R. Stryker. "Legitimacy Processes as Institutional Politics: Implications for Theory and Research in the Sociology of Organizations." Research in the Sociology of Organizations 17: 179-203.