Robin Lakoff was born in Brooklyn, and received A.B. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard. She has been a professor of linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley since 1972 and is currently a professor of linguistics emerita.
The topics she teaches and writes on include language and gender; the politics of language; language and popular culture. More academically her work comes under the rubrics of sociolinguistics (the relationship between the language choices available to speakers and their social circumstances) and pragmatics (the relationship between language form and language function).
She has written or edited 10 books, among them Language and Woman's Place; Face Valu: The Politics of Beauty; Talking Power; and The Language War.
She lives in Berkeley, California, with her cat, who wishes to remain anonymous.