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Dr. Robert Kaufman Named Robert and Katheryn Dockson Professor of Public Policy



Dr. Robert G. Kaufman has been appointed the Robert and Katheryn Dockson Professor of Public Policy at the
Pepperdine University School of Public Policy.

Kaufman is a political scientist specializing in American foreign policy, national security, international relations,
and various aspects of American politics. He has written frequently for scholarly journals and popular publications,
including The Weekly Standard, Policy Review, the Washington Times, the Baltimore Sun, the Philadelphia Inquirer,
and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 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. He is a former Bradley Scholar and current adjunct scholar at the Heritage Foundation, and has
taught at Colgate University, the U.S. Naval War College, and the University of Vermont. Kaufman received a JD from
Georgetown University Law Center and his BA, MA, MPhil, and PhD from Columbia University. In May 2016 Kaufman
will receive an LLM in dispute resolution from the Straus Insti tute at the P epperdine University School of Law.

The Robert and Katheryn Dockson Professorship was provided by Robert Dockson, a University Life Regent and
longtime business leader, and his wife, Katheryn. Dr. Gordon Lloyd, Professor Emeritus, was the first named Dockson
Professor from 2014– 2015.