Ashley N. Robinson

Ashley N. Robinson

Assistant Professor of Higher Education
Peter Sammartino School of Education



  • Building an Inclusive University Culture
  • Organization and Administration in Higher Education
  • Higher Education Policy


  • Equity and social justice in U.S. higher education
  • Student affairs and services
  • Bias incident response
  • Institutional and organizational change
  • Faculty and staff experiences
  • Critical study of whiteness
  • Institutional Ethnography
  • Critical policy analysis


  • BA, MEd, University of Maine
  • PhD, University of Connecticut

Academic Profile

Ashley N. Robinson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the Sammartino School of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Leadership and Education Policy from the University of Connecticut and with an MEd in Student Development in Higher Education and a BA in English, both from the University of Maine. Prior to pursuing an academic career, she worked professionally as a student affairs educator for six years in residential life and housing. Her work is strongly informed by both her experience as a student affairs educator and her background as an academic labor organizer.

Dr. Robinson teaches and advises students in the EdD program in Higher Education. Her teaching expertise includes organization, administration, policy, and equity in higher education institutions. She employs a critical pedagogical style in her teaching and advising with the aim of centering the experiences of scholar-practitioners in their continued learning.

Dr. Robinson’s research focuses on examining higher education policies and practices to understand new possibilities for leaders and educators to create more just and equitable organizations and institutions. Dr. Robinson uses critical qualitative methods to center frontline administrators’ and students’ experiences with institutional policies and practices related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. She works primarily in the scholarly areas of critical study of whiteness and institutional ethnography. Dr. Robinson has published several articles and book chapters in outlets including the Journal of Critical Studies in Education, the Journal of College Student Development, and About Campus and has presented her emerging research widely at conferences such as NASPA, ACPA, ASHE, and AERA. Prior to coming to FDU, Dr. Robinson worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Equity-Based Teaching Collective, an inter-institutional research group funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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