Liz Robbins, a 19-year veteran reporter of The New York Times, covered immigration for the Metro section from 2015 to 2019. She focused on the impact of the Trump administration’s policies on immigrant communities in New York, breaking news that enabled 5,000 young immigrants to stave off deportation.
Robbins began her journalism career as a sportswriter, covering the N.B.A., Olympics and tennis. She wrote a critically acclaimed narrative nonfiction book on the New York City marathon, A Race Like No Other: 26.2 Miles Through the Streets of New York (Harper 2008). She recently took a buyout to concentrate on teaching. Prior to leading the Gender and Migration class at Columbia, Robbins was a guest lecturer in the course, as well as having lectured at City College of New York and New York University. She is a faculty member of The School of The New York Times, a pre-college academy, teaching immigration and writing courses. Robbins graduated from Cornell University with an honors degree in history, writing her thesis on education and rhetoric in the Italian Renaissance.