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Robin F. Bachin

Board Member

Robin F. Bachin is the Charlton W. Tebeau Associate Professor of History, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, and Founding Director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement (CCE) at the University of Miami (UM). She received her B.A. from Brandeis University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan.

Her areas of research and teaching include American urban, environmental, and cultural history. Bachin has published numerous articles and book chapters, and delivered scholarly and public presentations, on topics including universities and civic engagement, community development and urban planning, and affordable housing and urban resilience.  

Bridging the gap between academic scholarship and public practice has been central to her academic career. She is a nationally renowned leader in promoting civic engagement in higher education and has won numerous awards for this work. She has received fellowships from the Graham Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Teagle Foundation, and the Driehaus Foundation to support her scholarship.

Bachin is Project Director for the Miami Housing Solutions Lab (MHSL), a suite of free, interactive online tools that uses big data and innovative mapping technology to visualize the landscape of affordable housing and climate change impacts like sea level rise and extreme heat in Miami. The MHSL provides community groups, planners, policymakers, advocacy organizations, and affordable housing and resiliency experts with information on local housing needs as well as housing policies that prevent displacement, promote equitable community development, and address climate impacts.