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 was a member of the RWU Fulbright-Hayes Egypt Fellowship in July 2011. He has a B.A (1991) in Diplomatic History and International Relations: Southwest Asian and Islamic Civilizations from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee. He also has a M.A. (1994) in Middle East Studies - Political Science and a Ph.D. (2006) in Political Science both from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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 several articles 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.
Dr. Roberts is currently working on a project for the American Political Science Association on internationalizing the undergraduate political science curriculum and a project on the League of Arab States consisting of country studies of the 22 member states for the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.
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.
B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.A., University of Utah
Ph.D., University of Utah
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).
“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), available (online) at: <http://www.editiondesign.co.uk/fgf/knowledge/article006.html>
“The Middle East-North Africa Internet Resource Guide,” Periodica Islamica 5, No. 3 (1996): 109-126.
Work in Progress
League of Arab States: Country Studies (London and New York: Bloomsbury Press)
Internationalizing the Curriculum (Washington, DC: American Political Science Association)
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