Robynn Cox

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Dr. Robynn Cox is an associate professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside, senior scholar at the Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute, and faculty affiliate at the Presley Center for Crime & Justice. Her expertise concerns understanding how policies and institutions impact inequality. She is concerned with understanding structural barriers that have led to the social exclusion of marginalized groups, with an emphasis on those disproportionately faced by the Black community. Specifically, she uses a life course approach to study the social, economic, and health consequences of the criminal legal system in general, and mass incarceration policies in particular.

An interdisciplinary scholar, Cox’s research and publications include the topics of crime, housing, labor, aging, and health. She has published in various high impact journals and her work has been supported by several organizations such as the National Bureau of Economic Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the NIA, the USDA, and the Rutgers’ Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing. Cox’s work on housing insecurity led to the implementation of a housing security module in the American Housing Survey. Cox is also a member of the advisory committee for the National Academy of Medicine’s Culture of Health Program (CoHP). Cox earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from Georgia State University. She completed her undergraduate studies at Duke University, where she obtained her AB in economics and Spanish and Latin American studies.