Far too often, research and activism on sexual orientation fixate on the experiences of relatively affluent white gay men, even as they claim to represent the entire LGBT community. The faculty members who formed the LGBTQ Cluster came together to offer an alternative, more inclusive approach to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. I am painfully aware that I cannot disentangle my race from my sexual orientation, my gender, or my religious faith—and we cannot disentangle these issues from our research.
Russell Robinson is a Professor of Law at Berkeley Law. During the 2014-15 school year, Professor Robinson will be the Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and a Fellow at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, Robinson was Professor of Law at UCLA. Robinson graduated with honors from Harvard Law School (1998), after receiving his B.A. summa cum laude from Hampton University (1995). Robinson clerked for Judge Dorothy Nelson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1998-99) and for Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court (2000-01). He has also worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel (1999-2000) and the firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld in Los Angeles, practicing entertainment law (2001-02).
Robinson's scholarly and teaching interests include antidiscrimination law, race and sexuality, law and psychology, constitutional law, and media and entertainment law. His publications include: “Unequal Protection," 67 Stan. L. Rev. (2015); “Diverging Identities,” in After Marriage: The Future of LGBT Rights, NYU Press (2015); “The Uncomfortable Relationship between Sexual Liberty and Sexual Oppression," in Rewriting Homosexuality, Cambridge University Press (2015); “Marriage Equality and Postracialism,” 61 UCLA L. Rev. 1010 (2014); "Masculinity as Prison: Sexual Identity, Race, and Incarceration," 99 Calif. L. Rev. 1309 (2011); "Casting and Caste-ing: Reconciling Artistic Freedom and Antidiscrimination Norms," 95 Calif. L. Rev. 1 (2007); "Uncovering Covering," 101 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1809 (2007); "Perceptual Segregation," 108Colum. L. Rev. 1093 (2008); "Structural Dimensions of Romantic Preferences," 76 Fordham L. Rev. 2787 (2008); and "Racing the Closet," 61 Stan. L. Rev. 1463 (2009).