Robin Gordon began her career as a secondary science teacher in both public and private schools in Southern California. Dr. Gordon completed a PhD in Education at the Claremont Graduate University in 1989. Her doctoral dissertation, "Learning to Teach: A Descriptive Study," was a qualitative research project that focused on uncovering how teachers learn their craft. In 2004, Dr. Gordon completed a second PhD in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate University. Her dissertation which was titled "The Murder of Spinoza and Other 17th Century Alchemists: A Modern Look at a Long Ago Mortificatio Tale," focused on the nexus of depth psychology and alchemy using the work of Carl Jung.
Dr. Gordon’s area of research is multi-disciplinary. Recent publications include: “Finding the philosopher’s stone: An essay on teaching.” In D. Slattery & J. Selig (Eds.) Ensouling Education. New Orleans, LA: Spring Journal Books, 2009; “My encounter with the women alchemists.” Alchemy Journal; “Making use of story to teach science and mathematics.” Ladder, 2007; and Dupuis, A.D. & Gordon, R.L. (2010). Philosophy of education in historical perspective (3rd ed). Lanham, Mass: University Press of America. Dr. Gordon has also completed a book on women alchemists that crosses the fields of women’s studies, history of science, and depth psychology - Searching for the Soror Mystica: The Lives and Science of Women Alchemists. Lanham, Mass: University Press of America, 2013.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Depth psychology, education