Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Management and Urban Policy
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East Flatbush, Brooklyn native Robin J. Hayes founded Progressive Pupil in 2006. She is a first-generation college graduate and the first person at Yale University to earn a joint doctorate in African American Studies and Political Science.With the help of a scholarship from the A Better Chance program, she graduated from prestigious St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island at age 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. Later, she facilitated human rights delegations and aid shipments to Cuba, Nicaragua and Chiapas, Mexico as a national coordinator of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO).Hayes produced, directed and co-wrote the documentary short, Beautiful Me(S): Finding Our Revolutionary Selves In Black Cuba, which was enthusiastically received by audiences at film festivals throughout the U.S. and in Cannes and at universities including Stanford, UC Berkeley and Syracuse. She is director/producer/writer of Black and Cuba.For Progressive Pupil, Hayes is editor-in-chief of the organization’s blog, which reaches 50,000 viewers weekly in over 100 countries. She researched and designed the digital humanities website beautifulmes.com and supervised the design of progressivepupil.org.In addition to publishing scholarly articles in Souls, Maroon and an anthology co-edited by Manning Marable, Hayes is regularly invited to give scholarly lectures, professional workshops and trainings throughout the US and internationally.The Ford Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities have supported Hayes’ work. She has held residential fellowships at Williams College, Northwestern University and the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.At The New School, she is Assistant Professor of Media Studies, International Affairs, Nonprofit Management and Urban Policy.
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