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Brathwaite, Robert

Associate Professor

Case Hall
842 Chestnut Rd Room S318
East Lansing, MI 48825
Office Hours: By Appointment (Monday and Wednesday: 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

"Measurement and Conceptual Approaches to Religious Violence: The Use of Natural Language Processing to Generate Religious Violence Event-Data” Politics and Religion 12:1 (2019): 81 – 122. – w/Baekkwan Park

Approaches to the Measurement of Religious Violence” in Yearbook of International Religious Demography 2018, eds. Brian J. Grim and et al., Boston, MA: Brill Publishing (2018).

Refugees and Rivals: The International Dynamics of Refugee Treatment” Conflict Management and Peace Science 36:1 (2019): 131 – 148. – w/Shweta Moorthy.

Dirty War: Chemical Weapon Use and Domestic Repression,” Defence Studies, 16:4 (2016): 327 – 345.

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.

“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. 

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