Robert is a freelance writer, editor, climate activist, and musician living in Brooklyn, NY. His political writing has appeared in New Politics, The Indypendent, Gotham Gazette, the Albany Times-Union, City Limits, and elsewhere. He has also written essays and criticism for 4Columns.org, The Brooklyn Rail, Brooklyn Academy of Music, composer Nico Muhly, San Fransisco Contemporary Music Players, WQXR radio, Bravo! Vail Music Festival, and others; copy for BAM, The New York Times, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, City Center, Cloud Gate Dance Theater, and French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF); and has served as an editor for The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the French Embassy.
Robert is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and a climate organizer with 350Brooklyn, which is fighting for a Green New Deal and other state and federal solutions to the climate crisis. Through 350Brooklyn, he is also a member of the Stop the Williams Pipeline Coalition, which recently organized to defeat the Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement fracked gas pipeline from being built in New York Harbor.
Prior to freelancing and organizing, Robert was senior copywriter at BAM, where he worked for a decade. He has a Ph.D in music history from the CUNY Graduate Center, with a dissertation on composer Edgard Varèse and modernism, and a B.M. in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music.