Department of Sociology

Robyn Keith

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Robyn Keith


  • Office: CLA 3rd Floor, Cubicle #16
  • Office Hours: Monday 1:00PM - 3:00PM and by appointment


Friendship; Social Isolation; Voluntary Associations; Communication Technologies; Social Networks and Social Capital; Gender and Sexuality; Mixed Methods


Robyn Keith is currently a graduate student in the PhD Program in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. She investigates how people's social ties and civic participation are shaped by the rise of the Internet and other communication technologies. Recently, she has begun work on her dissertation, which will address how telecommuting and other forms of home-based work impact the way people make friends and participate in community life.

Robyn's M.A. thesis examined friendships and voluntary associations in the Internet Age using qualitative data from She is currently working with Pam Paxton to update theories about and measurement of voluntary organizations. A long-time Arizona native, Robyn graduated with a BA in Political Science and a BA Spanish Linguistics at Arizona State University before enrolling at UT.

In her spare time, you can find Robyn running around Austin Town Lake, baking cookies, or enjoying some video games. 

You can find Robyn on Twitter at @RobynAKeith


SOC S302 • Intro To The Study Of Society

86880 • Summer 2015
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM CLA 1.106


This course will introduce you to what it means to think about the world like a sociologist. The main goal of this course is to instill you with a “sociological imagination”, which allows us to understand how larger social processes influence and are influenced by individual lives. Perhaps the coolest part of sociology is its capability to address all facets of social life: from how people get a job, to what we see depicted in film; from who we befriend and marry, to how the global economy functions. Accordingly, we will cover many different topics in a concentrated period of time. The course format will feature lectures, discussions, and other in-class activities. By the end of this course, students will be able to summarize, compare, and critique the predominant theories and paradigms of sociology, applying them to current social issues and patterns of everyday life.

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