Blaine Robbins

Associate Professor of Social Research and Public Policy Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BS Pacific Lutheran University; PhD University of Washington

Research Areas: Social Psychology; Political Sociology; Social Networks; Research Methods

Blaine Robbins is an Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy at New York University Abu Dhabi. Prior to joining NYUAD, he was a Data Science Postdoctoral Scholar and Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his PhD in sociology from the University of Washington.

Robbins' work, which resides at the intersection of sociology, political science, and economics, is concerned with the situational causes and consequences of beliefs, emotions, and moral motivations, as well as the social psychological underpinnings of institutions and organizations. A central pillar of his research program details in clear and precise ways the causal mechanisms through which social order is brought about. Because no single research design is able to observe and measure all relevant social processes, Robbins uses a battery of methods and techniques - such as online surveys, conjoint experiments, laboratory experiments, network analysis, and ethnographic methods - to triangulate and dissect the interactive and multi-level nature of social life. He explores these dynamics and implements this research program through the study of trust and trustworthiness, social norms, collective action, and concealment.

His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and can be found in the American Sociological Review, Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, International Political Science Review, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, PLoS ONE, Rationality & Society, Social Indicators Research, Social Psychology Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Social Science Research, Sociological Methods & Research, Social Networks, Sociological Spectrum, Socius, and Sociology Compass.

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