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Joseph W. Roberts

Joseph W. Roberts, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations

B.A. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.A., Ph.D. University of Utah

Contact Information
(401) 254-3784
FCAS 110
Areas of Expertise: 
Comparative Politics, Middle Eastern Politics, International Relations, Transnational Social Movements, Computer-Mediated Political Communications, University Core

Joseph W. Roberts is an Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations and a 2010 Presidential Fellow at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. Dr. Roberts is an inaugural Alwaleed Fellow for Oman for the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (2015-2016). He was also a member of the RWU Fulbright-Hayes Egypt Fellowship in July 2011. He is currently the Treasurer of the Political Science Education section of the American Political Science Association and is very active in both the section and association.

Dr. Roberts book, How the Internet is Changing the Practice of Politics in the Middle East: Political Protest, New Social Movements, and Electronic Samizdat, was published in 2009 from Edwin Mellen Press. He has published in European Political Science and has several pieces in PS: Political Science and Politics on internationalizing the curriculum in political science and conflict and conflict resolution. He has also published in Periodica Islamica.

Professor Roberts teaches international relations and comparative politics in addition to courses in his specialty area of Middle Eastern politics. Professor Roberts has developed several courses including Politics of the Middle East, United States in the Middle East, Suicide Terrorism, Political Islam, and Transnational Social Movements. Professor Roberts has also developed a simulation, “Bokhtikkari Nationalism in Assuwa: A Simulation of Conflict Resolution in an Ethnically Divided Society,” for use in a course on the politics of ethnic conflict. The simulation has been used by others at universities across the United States.
 
Education

Ph.D. (2006), Political Science, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

M.A (1994), Middle East Studies - Political Science, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

B.A (1991), Diplomatic History and International Relations: Southwest Asian and Islamic Civilizations, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

Publications
Books
How the Internet is Changing the Practice of Politics in the Middle East: Political Protest, New Social Movements, and Electronic Samizdat (Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2009).
 
Articles

“Are U.S. Sanctions Justifiable: The Case of Iran?” ABC-CLIO (Forthcoming)

“Internationalizing the Curriculum: Assessing Faculty, Departments, and Schools on their Efforts,” European Political Science (25 September 2015) doi:10.1057/eps.2015.40

“Conflict and Conflict Resolution” PS: Political Science and Politics 48, No. 3 (July 2015).

“What States Need to Foster Innovation and Economic Growth,” The Collaborative Rhode Island (June 2015).

“Strategies for a Competitive Rhode Island: Assessing Innovation Potential with Emphasis on Energy and Ease of Doing Business” The Collaborative Rhode Island (March 2015). [with Suchandra Basu and Ramesh Mohan].

“Conflict and Conflict Resolution” PS: Political Science and Politics 46, No. 3 (July 2013). [with Agnieszka Paczynska and Daniel Wehrenfennig].

“Internationalizing the Curriculum,” PS: Political Science and Politics 45, No. 3 (July 2012). [with Mark Sachleben and Deborah Ward].

“Internationalizing the Curriculum,” PS: Political Science & Politics 42, No. 3 (July 2009). [with Rachel Ellett and David Kiwuwa]

“Neutrality (Speech),” Encyclopedia of the First Amendment, ed. David L. Hudson, David A. Schultz, and John R. Vile (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2008).

 
“Refugees,” commissioned essay for the Global Knowledge section of FabianGlobalForum.Net, a leading British think-tank (May 2002).
 
“The Middle East-North Africa Internet Resource Guide,” Periodica Islamica 5, No. 3 (1996): 109-126.
 

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