Robin Mejia

Statistics and Human Rights Program Manager and Special Faculty, Department of Statistics

Carnegie Mellon University


Robin holds a special faculty appointment in the Department of Statistics and manages the Statistics and Human Rights Program at the Center for Human Rights Science.  Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, Robin worked as both a journalist and statistician.  As a journalist for more than a decade, she covered health and science stories for the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post Magazine, Wired, Science, CNN and other outlets.  She uncovered problems at the FBI crime lab, wrote extensively about controversies in epidemiology, and reviewed the use of science technology in human rights investigations.  Mejia's work has won several national journalism awards and been anthologized in the Best Technology Writing series.  In 2010, Robin returned to school, earning an MPH in 2012 and PhD in biostatistics in 2016, both from UC Berkeley.  Her current research seeks to understand the characteristics of child abductions during El Salvador's civil war and, in collaboration with colleagues from the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, patterns of death reporting in Syrian conflict.  Robin is also expanding the Center's efforts to apply statistical methods to issues in law inforcement, forensic science, and criminal justice.


  • MPH, PhD