Robin J. Hayes
PhD, African American Studies and Political Science, Yale University
Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Management and Urban Policy, Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban PolicyMedia Contact Information:
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Social Movements; Cuba; Race and Politics; The Sixties; Race and Media, including Interactive MediaProfile:
Robin J. Hayes is a scholar, filmmaker, and interactive media designer whose recent film, Black and Cuba has screened to film festivals, educational institutions and nonprofits throughout the US and internationally. In addition to leading the nonprofit Progressive Pupil, which "makes Black studies for everybody," publishing work in The Atlantic, the Journal of African American Studies, and Souls: a Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, Hayes has received funding for her work from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Ford Foundation. Her lectures, workshops and trainings about race and politics are nationally in demand at prestigious universities and nonprofits.
Hayes was the first person at Yale University to earn a combined doctorate in African American Studies and Political Science. With the help of a scholarship from the A Better Chance (ABC) program, she graduated from the prestigious St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island at the age of 16. After completing her bachelor’s degree at New York University with honors, she supervised a legal clinic for homeless families at the Urban Justice Center and facilitated human rights delegations and aid shipments to Cuba, Nicaragua, and Chiapas, Mexico as a national coordinator of the Inter-religious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO). She is a native of East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
- International Black Social Movements
- Social Justice Cinema: Marginalized Realities and Transnational Advocacy in Documentary Film
- Making a Difference