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Brathwaite, Robert

Assistant Professor

Case Hall
842 Chestnut Rd Room S318
East Lansing, MI 48825
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 5:00pm - 6:30pm


Robert Brathwaite is an Assistant Professor at James Madison College with a specialization in international relations. He has a Ph.D. and MA in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. Robert's teaching and research interests include international security, terrorism, religion and democracy, religious violence, and the conduct of civil wars. Before receiving his Ph.D. from Notre Dame, he also spent time in Washington, D.C. researching issues impacting contemporary security dynamics. He has taught courses that cover the following topics: international relations, international security, US Foreign Policy, intra-state violence, 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, (First Published online – November 20, 2013): doi:10.1093/jcs/cst095

“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).