Hank Robinson

Hank Robinson

Research Interest

Hank Robinson graduated from the University of Georgia with a A.B. in History (with Honors), focusing on East Asian history, although he wrote his senior paper on Medieval Spain. While at UGA, he rowed for UGA’s rowing team and was an active member of the Chinese Language Society. After finishing undergrad, Hank continued to Stanford Law School, where he received his J.D. During his time at Stanford, he was an active member of the China Law & Policy Association and spent all three years on the Stanford Journal of International Law, rising to Executive Editor his final year. Post-law school, Hank moved to New York City, where he started his legal career practicing securities transactional law at a large, Midtown law firm.

A few years later, Hank decided to leave the full-time practice of law and return to graduate school, enrolling in the Asian Studies M.A. program at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. At the Elliott School, Hank focused his studies on China and Taiwan, culminating in a capstone project titled, “Taking on Taiwan: An Approach to U.S.-Taiwan Engagement.” This project was produced for the U.S. State Department’s Office of Taiwan Coordination, and it sought to answer the question of how Washington should best interact with Taipei to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait considering China’s more assertive position in the region.

At Columbia-LSE, Hank wishes to further his interest in Taiwan’s history, from the Japanese colonial period to the modern day. In particular, he has an interest at looking at Taiwan’s White Terror period through the lens of legal history, with a possible focus on interactions between the law and Taiwanese dissidents, both in Taiwan and in the United States. Additionally, Hank is also interested how the depiction of historical events in literature and film help inform modern historical consciousness.

Outside of his academic work, Hank enjoys indoor rowing, weightlifting, trivia, video games, and Twitch. He is also a member of the New York Bar.