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Winthrop House names master, co-master

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Ronald Sullivan Jr. and Stephanie Robinson appointed

Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. and Stephanie Robinson have been appointed master and co-master of Winthrop House.

Sullivan has been a clinical professor of law at Harvard Law School (HLS) since 2007. He is also director of the Harvard Criminal Justice Institute, with areas of interest including criminal law, criminal proceedings, legal ethics, and race theory. Prior to teaching at HLS, he was a member of the faculty at the Yale Law School, where, in his first year, he won the school’s award for outstanding teaching.

Sullivan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College and Harvard Law School. He has had a varied and interesting career, spending time in Kenya working to document human rights violations, working in private practice on complex criminal litigation, and working as a staff attorney, general counsel, and eventually director of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.

Robinson is currently the president and CEO of the Jamestown Project, a national think tank that focuses on democracy. She is also a lecturer at HLS.

Robinson is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland and received her J.D. from HLS. She is a nationally recognized expert on issues relating to social policy, women, race, family, and electoral politics. She has worked as the national director for public policy at the Center for Community Changes, one of the nation’s leading organizational voices for traditionally disenfranchised communities.

Sullivan and Robinson collaborate in their work with the Robinson Sullivan Group LLC, a consulting firm that provides comprehensive political and policy strategy.

The couple has one son, Ronald III.

Stephen Rosen and Mandana Sassanfar, who were house masters at Winthrop House for six years, will step down at the end of this academic year. During their time at Winthrop House they worked diligently and successfully to facilitate a cohesive and caring Winthrop House community.