Tony Robinson received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, with an emphasis on the challenges of inner-city poverty and how grass-roots community organizing can address those challenges. At UC Denver, Robinson has specialized building connections between the resources of the university and surrounding urban communities. Robinson’s community connections over the years included:
- Serving as the former director of a HUD-funded Community Outreach Partnership Center, uniting university resources with Denver’s low-income Westside communities.
- Running for Denver City Council (At-Large)
- Serving as the co-founder of groups such as Denver’s El Centro Humanitario (an immigrant worker advocacy center) the Save Our Section 8 Low Income Tenants Organization, and the Denver Tent City Initiative (a homeless grass-roots advocacy coalition).
- Serving as a board member for Denver Jobs With Justice, the Hangout Resource Center for people lining with Brain Injuries, and the El Centro Humnaitario immigrant rights center.
As a teacher, Robinson directs the CU in the Capitol legislative internship program, coordinates student research internships with a variety of community groups and co-teaches the Berlin study-abroad program, focusing on the architecture, design and spatial politics of one of the most dynamic cities in Europe. Robinson’ teaching interests also include courses in urban politics (with and emphasis on Denver affairs), traditional American politics courses (especially emphasizing elections courses where students conduct their own exit polls), and a GIS in Political Science course teaching students to use the sophisticated computer mapping abilities of UCD’s Facility for Advanced Spatial Technologies as a research method.
Robinsons’ research interests are in American elections (including publishing text books that track campaigns and elections in real-time as the unfold), urban political economy (including publishing several community based research projects on such topics as challenges facing low wage domestic workers, and innovative local development strategies to secure better wages and affordable housing), and political-economic mapping projects (such as his two volume Denver political economy atlas). Some of this research work can be found through the Front Range Economic Strategy Center, located here www.fresc.org/article.php?list=type&type=7, or at the website www.politicalmapsonline.net.