Robert Switky


Robert Switky
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Ph.D.,  Claremont Graduate University

Academic Interests

Foreign and defense policy, international political economy


International Relations, Research Methods, American Gov't, Political Theory


Professor Switky holds a Master’s degree in International Studies and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Claremont Graduate University.  Prior to his current stint at Sonoma State (starting in 2007), Dr. Switky was an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska in Kearney.  He has taught Research Methods, the American Political System, Ideas and Institutions, Modern Political Ideologies, War and Politics, Business Statistics.  He also taught for two years in the Freshman Year Experience (FYE) program.  His book, Wealth of an Empire, explores how Britain secretly financed the first year of its involvement in World War II.  He has also co-authored a textbook in international relations and a book on regional trading blocs.  He has also published several pedagogical pieces on such topics as coalition governments and humanitarian intervention.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Bob Switky, “Simulating a Foreign Policy Dilemma: Considering U.S. Humanitarian Intervention,” PS: Political Science & Politics, Vol. 47, No. 3, July 2014.

Bob Switky, Wealth of an Empire (Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, Inc./University of Nebraska Press, 2013).

W. Raymond Duncan, Barbara Jancar-Webster, and Bob Switky. World Politics in the 21st Century (Boston: Houghton-Mifflin (now Cengage), 2009.