Elizabeth Robson

Associate Professor,  College of Business

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Professor Elizabeth Robson
No matter how much hands-on experience I can bring into the classroom, it is not truly brought to life until 20 or 25 student colleagues analyze and critique it.”


While she prides herself on being a logistics expert, Elizabeth Robson would not have been able to predict the path that her career would take. What began many years ago as a part-time job for her family’s international logistics business has now led to her teaching students about the important role that logistics plays in the global economy.

As an attorney, licensed customs broker and long-time logistics provider, Robson has spent her career interacting with importers, exporters, government agencies and other international trade experts. Her most rewarding interactions, however, have been those within her classrooms.

Robsom has learned that no matter how much hands-on experience she can bring into the classroom from her still-active participation in global commerce, it is not truly brought to life until 20 or 25 student colleagues analyze and critique it, oftentimes designing their own alternative solutions.


  • US Customs and Border Protection, 1988
    Licensed Customs Broker is licensed by the US Treasury Department after passing a rigorous written examination and an extensive background investigation. Annual renewal is required.
  • National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, 2014
    Certified Customs Specialist (CCS)
  • National Association of Small Business Trade Educators International, 2014
    Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP)
  • United States Court of International Trade, Bar Admission, 2000
  • Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, Bar Admission, 2007

Professional Memberships

  • National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, 1994–present
  • Coalition of New England Companies for Trade, 1994–present
  • Boston Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association, 1988–present
  • National Association Small Business International Trade Educators, 2012–present
  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association, 2016–present
  • Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, 1999–present
  • American Bar Association, 1996–present


  • “Going Beyond the Outcomes Assessment Committee: Assessment Focused Faculty Learning Communities,” New England Educational Assessment Network (NEEAN), 2014.
    Faculty members presented findings from the Faculty Learning Community on assessment to faculty and administrators from multiple colleges and universities in the New England region. This presentation included original findings published for the first time. The presentation content related directly to university responsibilities, and in particular, outcomes assessment. This professional meeting was on a regional level. The original work was presented to an audience that included academic peers, including faculty and administrators from various colleges and universities. Authors: Jennifer Galipeau, Anice O'Connor, Elizabeth Robson, Peter Zacchilli and Jessica Sherwood
  • “Understanding Import Regulations: Ask the Experts,” Bryant University 32nd Annual World Trade Day, 2017.
    The presentation was intended to update industry leaders regarding the most recently enacted CBP regulations and to provide them with an opportunity to ask questions of the panel of experts. Fellow panelists were Kelly Brady, US Customs and Border Protection and Paula Connelly, The Law Offices of Paula M. Connelly. Authors: Elizabeth Robson

Sample Courses

  • IBUS 5511: Global Economic Environments
  • IBUS 6020: International Business Negotiations