Robert Ralston

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Political Science .
1414 Social Science Bldg

267 19th Ave S


I am a Ph.D. student (ABD) in Political Science at the University of Minnesota. I broadly study international security and civil-military relations, with a specific focus on the domestic politics of great power politics and the politics of military service. I have methodological interests in automated text analysis, content analysis, and survey design. My dissertation examines the politics of international decline and "declinism."

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.A. : Political Science, Virginia Tech, 2014.
  • B.A.: Political Science, Winthrop University, 2012.

Curriculum Vitae


  • International Relations
  • International Security
Courses Taught
  • Russian Politics (TA)
  • Human Rights and Democracy in the World (TA)
  • Citizens, Consumers, and Society (TA)
  • Instructor: POL3810 "The United States and the Rise of China"
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Tobin Project : Prospectus Development Workshop , June 2017
  • University of Arizona Methods Workshop: Machine Learning, Social Network Analysis , January 2016
  • Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR): Short Course: Text Analytics , Summer 2015
  • The Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR): Coursework in Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (Content Analysis, Discourse Analysis, and Process Tracing) , Summer 2015
  • Milton Wolf Seminar 2014: Foreign Policies of the Internet in a time of Surveillance and Disclosure: Emerging Scholars Program hosted by the Diplomatische Akademie Wien and the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania


  • Graduate Research Assistant (Ron Krebs) 2016--:
  • Human Rights Watch Advisory Project: Budgetary Analysis and Human Rights, 2016


  • MPMC Organizer: 2017-2018
  • MIRC Organizer: 2015 - 2016
  • "Trump and Obama Have One Surprising Thing in Common -- The Words They Use.": Ralston, Robert, Ron Krebs, The Conversation, 2017. Link
  • The Transgender Ban and Politics of Exclusion: Ralston, Robert, Jen Spindel, Duck of Minerva, 2017. Link
  • Budget Analysis as a Tool to Monitor Economic and Social Rights: Ralston, Robert, Manion, Megan, Matthews, Thandi, and Ian Allan, Journal of Human Rights Practice, 9 146–158, 2017. Link
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program Fellowship (GRPP), College of Liberal Arts