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Robert BrathwaiteRobert Thuan Brathwaite

International Relations (International Security, IR Theory, Terrorism, Religion and Democratization, and Intra-State Violence)

Office:
Zulauf Hall 410
815-753-7055
rbrathwaite@niu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Overview of Scholarly Activity

Robert Brathwaite (Ph.D. University of Notre Dame) is an assistant professor of political science with a specialization in international relations.  His research interests include the formation of new states in the international system, international security, terrorism and the electoral process, the relationship between religion-state separation and democracy, and the conduct of civil wars.  Before receiving his Ph.D. from Notre Dame, he also spent time in Washington, D.C., where he served as a research intern for the Center for Security Policy.  He has taught courses that cover the following topics:  international relations, international security, civil wars, and research methods.  In his spare time, Robert enjoys the outdoors and is an avid snowboarder.

Selected Publications

Social Distortion: Democracy and Social Aspects of Religion-State Separation,” Journal of Church and State, (hard copy forthcoming)

“The Electoral Terrorist,” in Violence, Elections, and Party Politics, ed. Mary Beth Altier, Susanne Martin, and Leonard B. Weinberg, New York, NY: Routledge (2013): 53 - 74.

"Terrorism and Elections: The Use of Non-Violent Strategies," Extremis Project (Feb. 2013) - Invited Research Note

“The Electoral Terrorist: Terror Groups and Democratic Participation,” Terrorism and Political Violence 25:1 (January 2013): 53 – 74. 

Robert Brathwaite and Andrew Bramsen, “Reconceptualizing Church and State: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Separation of Religion and State on Democracy,” Politics and Religion 4:2 (August 2011): 229-263. 

“Review: The State Legitimacy Index,” APSA-CP Newsletter, vol. 21, no. 1 (Winter 2010): 28-30. 

Robert Brathwaite, “Private Security and U.S. Foreign Policy,” Center for Security Policy Occasional Paper Series No.17 (January 2007).