Erin Robinson, PhD Chair of Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminal Justice / Director of Environmental Studies / Associate Professor of Sociology

Erin Robinson, PhD

Old Main 014B
(716) 888-2748

Dr. Robinson is a sociologist who concentrates her teaching and research in the areas of environmental sociology and the study of social movements. She directs the major in Environmental Studies and teaches SOC110, Introduction to Sociology, and SOC432, Theories in Sociology. She also offers a number of electives, including SOC 324, Visual Sociology, SOC 273, Social Movements and Social Change, and SOC 234, Environment and Society. She received her undergraduate degree in sociology and English from SUNY Geneseo, her MA in sociology at the University of Tennessee, and her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Robinson has recently published book entitled Community Mobilization for Environmental Problems: How a Grassroots Organization Forms and Works.  In 2009, she received a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Grant for a project entitled “People’s Park Community Development and Sustainability.” This project addressed the need to develop and maintain “People’s Park” on Main Street adjacent to the Tri-Main Center, into a sustainable community garden. She has also worked with the United Way, Tools For Living Working Group, helping to evaluate agencies who are awarded community grants and has served as the chair of the Environment and Technology section of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP). Currently, she is also working on community based research projects with the Clean Air Coalition of WNY, assessing perception of air quality in Tonawanda, New York. Her efforts are focused on environmental justice issues surrounding Tonawanda Coke and other industrial facilities in Western New York.