About Robin Reineke
Robin C. Reineke is Assistant Research Social Scientist at the Southwest Center, and is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Colibri Center for Human Rights. Her research and teaching interests, centered in anthropology, include forensics, humanitarianism, global migration, and human rights along the U.S.-Mexico border. She is particularly interested in the tension between the history of forensics—a field dominated by state surveillance and criminalization of marginalized communities—and emerging uses of the methods and techniques of forensic science in counterhegemonic projects. Dr. Reineke has done extensive research along the U.S.-Mexico border among forensic scientists, government officials, and families of the missing and dead. This research compelled her to co-found the Colibrí Center for Human Rights, a family advocacy organization working to end death and suffering on the US-Mexico border by partnering with families of the dead and the missing. From Seattle, Washington, she received a BA in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Arizona. Her work has been featured in the BBC, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Economist, The Nation, and the documentary film, Who Is Dayani Cristal? She was awarded the Institute for Policy Studies’ Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award and Echoing Green’s Global Fellowship in 2014.