Robynn J.A. Cox
M.A. (’07) and Ph.D. in Economics (’09)
University of Southern California (USC) Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
In addition to her faculty position at USC, Robynn Cox is a faculty affiliate at the university’s Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging and its Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics.
Cox is an inequality researcher primarily concerned with understanding the social and economic consequences of criminal justice policies, in general, and mass incarceration in particular. Her work focuses on how to successfully transition individuals impacted by mass incarceration policies back into society. Her work has led to the conceptualization and incorporation of a pilot housing insecurity module within the 2019 American Housing Survey.
She has served as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis’ Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute, a Kelso Fellow at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations’ Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing, and as a Resource Center for Minority Aging Research Scholar funded by the National Institute on Aging. Her work has received funding from the Russell Sage Foundation, the USDA Food and Nutrition Services, and the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research.
Cox has published in Research on Social Work Practice, Cityscape, Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging, Journal of Labor Research and Southern Economic Journal. She has presented her research at professional conferences and has been featured on syndicated radio programs such as National Public Radio.
She will appear as an expert in the2020 documentary, Juvenile. In 2011, she was invited by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to take part in a roundtable conversation with Attorney General Eric Holder and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chairwoman Jacqueline Berrien.
Prior to joining USC, Cox held a faculty position at Spelman College and was a postdoc at Duke University. She earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from Georgia State University, where she received the Andrew Young Fellowship.