Van Robbroeck completed her Honours degree in History of Art at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Her Masters degree, also at Wits, dealt with the ideology and practice of community arts in South Africa. She completed her PhD at Stellenbosch University on the discursive reception of modern black art in white South African writing under the supervision of Prof Sandra Klopper and Prof Paul Cilliers. Her subsequent publications focused on postcoloniality and nationalism in South African visual arts. Her current research interests centre on postcolonial subjectivities and explore the theoretical interface between psycho-dynamic and postcolonial theories. As a council member of the South African Visual Arts Historian's Association (SAVAH), she organised the 2008 annual conference of this association. Van Robbroeck is one of the editors and writers of Visual Century: South African Art in Context: 1907 - 2007, a four volume revisionist history of South African art in the twentieth century. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Third Text Africa.