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Anya M. Galli Robertson

Associate Professor; Fellow for LGBTQ+ Inclusion

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work


Email: Anya Galli Robertson
Phone: 937-229-2138
SJH 403


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Maryland, 2018
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Maryland, 2012
  • B.A., Psychology, Studio Art and Women's Studies, St. Olaf College, 2008


Dr. Galli Robertson joined the University of Dayton as an assistant professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work in 2018, where she teaches courses on social research methods and analysis, social movements and introductory sociology. Her research spans the fields of environmental sociology and social movement studies, centering on energy policy debates, discursive tactics and framing and discursive elements of inequality. She is especially interested in methodological approaches that move beyond traditional boundaries between qualitative and quantitative data and analysis to provide more comprehensive understandings of social movements and social inequality. She has published in a wide range of journals including Society and Natural Resources, Energies, Environmental Justice, PLoS ONE, Environmental Sociology, Journal of Research in Political Sociology and Mobilization. Dr. Galli Robertson received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Maryland in 2018, a B.A. from St. Olaf College in 2008 and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Maryland in 2012. 

Dr. Galli Robertson is also the inaugural Fellow for LGBTQ+ Inclusion in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The Fellow for LGBTQ+ Inclusion position was created to address key issues of process and procedure, culture and communication to support equity for faculty and staff who identify as LGBTQ+. This work is reflective of the University of Dayton’s Catholic and Marianist values, which center on honoring the value and dignity of all people and call us to be fully committed to inclusive excellence. The position grew out of the LGBTQ+ Policy and Practices Working Group, which formed to address recommendations based on the work of Darden Bradshow, associate professor art education through 2019-20 gender equity research fellowship (sponsored by the Women’s Center and the Office of the Provost). In her role as Fellow, Dr. Galli Robertson collaborates with staff and faculty across campus and serves as a hub for the wide range of work taking place to support the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people at the University of Dayton. Her work includes developing and implementing inclusive policies and practices, contributing professional development opportunities and training materials for faculty and staff, serving on relevant university and search committees and meeting with individuals, groups and offices that have related interests or concerns.

Faculty perspective

"In the classroom, I center my teaching around student involvement and collaborative learning. I view teaching as an opportunity to try new approaches and continue my own learning about the social world."

Courses taught

  • SOC 101 Principles of Sociology
  • SOC 208 Research Methods
  • SOC 308 Data Analysis

Research interests

  • Environmental sociology
  • Social movements
  • Energy politics
  • Qualitative and mixed-methods research

Selected publications

Hannibal, Lillian, Anya M. Galli Robertson. (Forthcoming) “‘When I’m at School, I’m More Than Just a Student...the City is My City’: Assessing College Student Outcomes in a Community Engagement Immersion Program." Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.
 Hoody, Jennifer, Anya M. Galli Robertson, Sarah Richard, Claire Frankowski, Kevin Hallinan, Ciara Owens, and Bob Pohl. 2021. "A Review of Behavioral Energy Reduction Programs and Implementation of a Pilot Peer-to-Peer Led Behavioral Energy Reduction Program for a Low-Income Neighborhood." Energies 14(15)): 4635.

 Rhubart, Danielle C. and Anya M. Galli Robertson. 2020. “The Right to Knowledge and the Superfund Program: A Fundamental Cause Approach to Disparities in Resident Awareness of Hazardous Waste Sites.” Environmental Justice. 13(5), 181-188.

Galli Robertson, Anya M. 2020. “Privileged Accounts in the Debate over Coal-Fired Power in the United States.” Society and Natural Resources. 34(2), 188-207.

Galli Robertson, Anya M. and Mary B. Collins. 2018. "Super emitters in the United States coal-fired electric utility industry: comparing disproportionate emissions across facilities and parent companies." Environmental Sociology, 4 (4).

Fisher, Dana R., Anya M. Galli Robertson, Joseph McCartney Waggle, Ann H. Dubin, Amanda M. Dewey, and William Yagatich. 2018. "Polarizing Climate Politics in America." Journal of Research in Political Sociology, 25, 1-23.

Yagatich, William, Anya M. Galli Robertson, and Dana R. Fisher. 2018. "How Local Environmental Stewardship Diversifies Democracy." Local Environment, 23(4).

Galli, Anya M. 2016. "How Glitter Bombing Lost its Sparkle: The Emergence and Decline of a Novel Social Movement Tactic." Mobilization: 21(3). A Recipient of the 2017 Mayer N. Zald Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Student Paper Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements.

Galli, Anya M. and Dana R. Fisher. 2016. "Hybrid Arrangements as a form of Ecological Modernization: the Case of the US Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grants." Sustainability, 8(1).

Fisher, Dana R. and Anya M. Galli. 2016. "Connecting Environmentalism to Democracy Through Environmental Stewardship." Revue des sciences sociales: Environnement et citoyenneta, 55.

Fisher, Dana R. and Anya M. Galli. 2016. "Civil Society Engagement in Climate Governance: Between Collaboration and Conflict." Research Handbook on Climate Governance, edited by Backstrand and Lovbrand. Edward Elgar Press.