Robin Stryker focuses on law, politics, inequality and social change. She has written on sociological theory and methods, an such topics as political incivility and political dysfunction; organizations and institutional change; legitimacy, globalization and the welfare state; cross national family policy and gendered labor markets; law, science and public policy; political economy and culture of labor, antitrust and employment regulation; affirmative action; and US political culture and welfare reform. She has conducted comparative research on the effectiveness of voting rights, equal employment opportunity and fair housing, and she recently completed a co-edited book on global human rights. Supported by the National Science Foundation and a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, she is completing a book on the role of economic, sociological, psychological and statistical expertise in equal employment opportunity law and politics,1965-present.
2015 (in press) L. Haglund and R. Stryker (editors), Closing the Rights Gap: From Human Rights to Social Transformation Berkeley CA: University of California Press.
2012. T. Massaro and R. Stryker. “Freedom of Speech, Liberal Democracy and Emerging Evidence on Effective Democratic Engagement.” Arizona Law Review 54: 375-441.
2011. R. Stryker, D. Docka-Filipek 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 37: 777-914.
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.
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.
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.
1996. “Beyond History vs. Theory: Strategic Narrative and Sociological Explanation.” Sociological Methods & Research 24: 304-352.
1994. R. Stryker, “Rules, Resources and Legitimacy Processes: Some Implications for Social Conflict, Order and Change.” American Journal of Sociology 99: 847-910.