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Jean C. Robinson

Jean C. Robinson Professor of Political Science and Associate Executive Dean

Jean earned her B.A. at Oberlin College in Asian Studies, and then received the MA (1976) and PhD (1980) at Cornell University in Government. With her research focus on gender and inequality, she is currently working on a collaborative project examining racial and gender inequality in US education. 
Although Jean began her academic career as a specialist on contemporary Chinese politics, she has moved westward over the years. In addition to China, she has done field and archival research in Poland, France, Germany, Britain, and the US. Her most recent publications are "In Search of Equality in School Finance Reform," Dissent (2011); “Democracy, Discursive Frames and Same-Sex Unions: A Cross-National Analysis,” in Same-Sex Marriage in the Americas: Policy Innovation for Same-Sex Relationships, (2010) and “Women’s and Gender Studies,” in Barbara J. Bank, ed., Gender and Higher Education (2011). She co-authored Living Gender After Communism (2006). Jean was a founding member of the international research group RNGS (Research Network on Gender, Politics and the State) and contributed to Comparative State Feminism (1995) and Abortion Politics, Women's Movements, and the Democratic State (2001). She has published widely on education policy, social policy, gender, and inequality as well as on gender and IT in the US and has been awarded three NSF grants as well as NEH, Fulbright and Spencer Foundation funding. She was a leader of The College Board Advanced Placement Exams in Comparative Government and Politics for over 15 years.

Jean is recipient of the IU President's Award for Distinguished Teaching (1996), of the George Pinnell Distinguished Service Award (2007), and eight other teaching and service awards. She received the national Pi Sigma Alpha Teaching Award in 2004. At IU, she has served as Director of Women's Studies (1977-1982, 1991-92), Dean for Women's Affairs (1998-2003), Interim Dean of the Hutton Honors College (2007-08), Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education (2008-10) and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs in the College (2010-11) She was a CIC Academic Leadership Fellow in 1998-99.