Laurie Robinson, former Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice, will join the faculty of George Mason University faculty this fall as Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law and Society. She will teach courses related to criminology policy and practice, as well as government. She was named a senior fellow with the university’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy.
At the Justice Department, Robinson oversaw a $2.5 billion criminal justice assistance program for states and localities, as well as research and statistics on to crime and justice. During two tenures at DOJ spanning 10 years, she led initiatives related to law enforcement, drug abuse, corrections, and evidence-based programming. Robinson formerly directed the University of Pennsylvania's Master of Science Program in Criminology, and served as a distinguished senior scholar in Penn's Jerry Lee Center of Criminology. She is not related to the late Clarence J. Robinson, a businessman and civic leader in Northern Virginia who funded the scholars program bearing his name.