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Robert G. Kaufman, J.D., Ph.D.
Robert and Katheryn Dockson Professor of Public Policy

Office: School of Public Policy (SPP)
Phone: (310) 506-7601
Fax: (310) 506-7494

  • Ph.D., Columbia University
  • LLM, Pepperdine University
  • J.D., Georgetown University School of Law
  • M. Phil., Columbia University
  • M.A., Columbia University
  • B.A., Columbia University

Robert G. Kaufman is a political scientist specializing in American foreign policy, national security, international relations, and various aspects of American politics. Kaufman received his JD from Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C., and his BA, MA, M. Phil., and PhD from Columbia University in the city of New York. In May 2016, Kaufman received an LLM in dispute resolution from the Straus Institute at the Pepperdine University School of Law.

Kaufman has written frequently for scholarly journals and popular publications, including The Weekly Standard, Policy Review, The Washington Times, the Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Lifezette. He is the author of four books, including his most recent, Dangerous Doctrine: How Obama's Grand Strategy Weakened America (University Press of Kentucky, May 6, 2016). His other publications include In Defense of the Bush Doctrine; a biography, Henry M. Jackson: A Life in Politics, which received the Emil and Katherine Sick Award for the best book on the history of the Pacific Northwest; and Arms Control During the Pre-Nuclear Era. Kaufman also assisted President Richard M. Nixon in the research and writing of Nixon's final book, Beyond Peace.

Kaufman is a former Bradley Scholar and current adjunct scholar at the Heritage Foundation. He has taught at Colgate University, The Naval War College, and the University of Vermont.


  • MPP 600 Roots of American Order: What is Public Policy
  • MPP 670 War, Strategy, Democracy, and Politics
  • MPP 673 Contending Approaches to International Politics
  • MPP 674 Prudence in Politics
  • MPP 674 Contemporary Issues in American Foreign Policy

Academic Interests:

  • American Foreign Policy
  • American Politics
  • International Relations
  • National Security