Robin Ann Cantor has more than thirty years of experience in the areas of environmental, health, and energy economics, applied economics, statistics, risk management, and insurance claims analysis.

She received a PhD in economics from Duke University and a BS in mathematics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Before joining BRG, Dr. Cantor led practice groups at national consulting firms and conducted analysis for companies and financial institutions to better understand environmental, health, and other product liability exposures. Other positions she has held include principal and managing director of the Environmental and Insurance Claims practice at a global consultancy; program director for Decision, Risk, and Management Sciences, a research program of the National Science Foundation; and senior research appointments at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Dr. Cantor has a faculty appointment in the graduate part-time program in engineering of the Johns Hopkins University. She was president of the Society for Risk Analysis in 2002, and from 2001 to 2003 served as an appointed member of the Research Strategies Advisory Committee of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board.

Dr. Cantor is a fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis and president for the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment. She also serves or has served on science review and advisory boards for the Climate and Decision Making Center at Carnegie Mellon University, Johns Hopkins University’s graduate part-time program in Environmental Engineering, Science and Management, the National Center for Environmental Decision-making Research, the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network.

Dr. Cantor’s consulting practice focuses on economics at the interface of science and technology. Many of her projects involve science-based economic analysis used in litigation support, expert testimony, risk assessment, and other advisory services addressing energy, environmental, and health issues. Dr. Cantor’s testimonial experience includes analysis of market share theories of product liability, fair market compensation in eminent domain matters, healthcare reimbursement, economic damages, product liability estimation in bankruptcy matters and insurance disputes, asbestos settlements, premises and product claims, cost contribution allocation in Superfund disputes, derailment risks, reliability of statistical models and estimation methods, and class certification issues.

Dr. Cantor has prepared expert reports that address economic issues in healthcare and energy markets, antitrust, commercial practices and contracts, intellectual property, employment discrimination, false advertising, regulation, and other areas of product and market analysis. She has submitted analysis, testimony, and affidavits in federal arbitration, regulatory and Congressional proceedings, and state and federal courts. Her publications include refereed journal articles, book chapters, expert reports, reports for federal sponsors, a book on economic exchange under alternative institutional and resource conditions, and an edited book on product liability published by the American Bar Association. Dr. Cantor was recognized as a top insurance and reinsurance expert witness by Who’s Who Legal, which stated that she “offers clean and concise judgements on complex matters.”

Employment History

Exponent, Inc.
Principal scientist

Managing director

Johns Hopkins University, Engineering and Applied Science Programs for Professionals
Lecturer, Graduate Program, Program in Environmental Engineering, Science and Management

Principal and managing director

National Science Foundation (NSF)
Program director, Decision, Risk, and Management Science

NSF Human Dimensions of Global Change

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Project manager

Professional Affiliations

Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment

American Economic Association

Society for Risk Analysis

American Bar Association

Areas of Expertise


Duke University
PhD, Economics, 1985

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
BS, Mathematics, 1978


Who’s Who Legal: Global Leader, Insurance & Reinsurance Expert Witnesses 2020

“Robin Cantor earns extensive acclaim for her practice, built on 30 years of experience in applied economics, statistics, risk management, and insurance claim analysis.”

Society for Risk Analysis: Fellow, 2002

Society for Risk Analysis: President, 2002

YWCA Tribute to Women Award for Business and Industry, 1990

Society for Risk Analysis Presidential Recognition Award, 2008

Society for Risk Analysis Outstanding Service Award, 1999

NSF Director’s Award for Superior Accomplishment, 1996

NSF Special Act Award, 1995

NSF Director’s Award for Program Officer Excellence, 1994

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Significant R&D Accomplishment Award, 1993

Martin Marietta Special Achievement Award, 1990

Martin Marietta Special Achievement Award, 1989

Martin Marietta Energy Systems Significant Event Award, 1988

C.B. Hoover Scholar, 1980 – 1981

Mellon Fellowship, 1978 – 1981