Robin's career began over 25 years ago, when she received an Academy Award®– with co-director James Longley – for their student film, "Portrait of Boy with Dog." During her many years living in Russia in the 1990s, Robin worked for Sesame Workshop (then CTW) as the on-site producer of Ulitsa Sezam, the original Russian-language Sesame Street. In the US, Robin co-produced the film Tupperware! which received a Peabody Award. Robin also co-produced the PBS biography of Julia Child. She is a founding board member and Vice President of the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Felowship.
In addition to her film and TV work, Robin has appeared on the PBS NewsHour, written for The Financial Times and produced radio pieces on Russia for the BBC’s The World. She served as the Director of Documentary Programming for the American Film Festival of Moscow for 5 years. Robin has been a Sundance Institute Fellow, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College, a PBS Producers Academy Fellow, and a Filmmaker in Residence at WGBH Boston. She is a member of the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Robin has a BA from Brown Film (MCM) and Russian and received her graduate degree in film directing from VGIK - the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow, Russia with a "Red Diploma" of honors. She frequently speaks at universities, colleges, and secondary schools on many topics including My Perestroika, Russian politics and history, the Cold War, Soviet cinema, documentary filmmaking, Sesame Street in Russia.