Ron Theodore Robin (רון רובין; born April 23, 1951) is an Israeli scholar whose research focuses on the interface between culture and foreign policy in the United States. He is a senior faculty member at the University of Haifa, as well as a Professor Emeritus at New York University (NYU). Currently Robin serves as the 11th President of the University of Haifa.
Robin was born in 1951 in Tel Aviv to Shani (Rozin), a Jerusalem-born scion of the Shaltiel family, and to Eli, a South African citizen who served as a volunteer in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. Robin grew up in South Africa and returned with his family to Israel when he was 13 years old. He joined the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) in 1969. He served in the intelligence community, and was discharged with the rank of major.
In 1978, he was awarded a BA in romance languages and general history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1986 he was granted a PhD in modern US history from the University of California, Berkeley. His thesis was entitled: “Signs of Change: urban iconographies in San Francisco, 1880-1915”. In 1986, Robin returned to Israel and was admitted as a faculty member at the University of Haifa. Robin served as professor in the Department of Communications and the Department of General History  and in 2000 was appointed Dean of Students, a position he held for five years.
In 2006, Robin moved to New York University, where he was appointed a professor in the Department of Media, Culture and Communications, and in 2007 was appointed Associate Dean at the NYU Steinhardt School.
In 2008, Robin was appointed Senior Vice Provost, New York University, and was responsible for the establishment of the two NYU international campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. Robin’s main role was to recruit faculty members for the new campuses.
In 2016 Robin was elected as the 11th president of the University of Haifa, and in October 2016 he assumed this role. Upon taking office, Robin conceived the program of transforming the University of Haifa into a Multiversity – a university with multiple campuses and research portals. In accordance with the program, the central campus on Mount Carmel will be complemented by other portals, specializing in strategic research and multidisciplinary cooperation. In order to implement the program, Robin initiated the integration of Braude Engineering College in Carmiel. The ultimate goal is to transform Braude into the university’s Faculty of Engineering. He initiated a similar process with the WIZO Academic Center in Haifa, the objective being to create a new Faculty of Architecture and Design. In addition, an agreement was signed with the Rambam Health Care Campus for the joint establishment of “the Helmsley Medical Discovery Tower”, a 20-story building with a cost of 400 million Israeli shekels (ILS), to be built at the Rambam campus. The center will integrate the research and medical activities of Rambam physicians and University faculty members in the fields of natural sciences, welfare and health, psychology, and more.
During 2017, Robin accompanied Benjamin Netanyahu on a mission to China, where he signed an agreement, on behalf of the University, with the CASIA institution of Automation, for the establishment of a research center in the field of artificial intelligence.