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Robert Singh

Professor of Politics

Biographical details

  • Robert Singh has been a member of the Department of Politics at Birkbeck since 1999. He was educated at Christ Church and Nuffield College, University of Oxford, from where he graduated with, respectively, a first class BA Honours degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1989) and a DPhil in Politics (1994).
  • Rob also spent a year as a visiting graduate Nuffield-Yale exchange student at Yale University in 1990-91. Before Birkbeck, he held Lectureships at Oriel, University, Christ Church and The Queen's College, Oxford (1991-94) and permanent Lectureships in Politics at Trinity College, Dublin (1994-96) and the University of Edinburgh (1996-99). He was made Professor of Politics at Birkbeck in 2005.
  • Rob's main interest is the politics of US foreign policy but he has also written extensively on domestic US politics. A critical review of his Barack Obama's Post-American Foreign Policy in the conservative Claremont Review of Books ('Courtiers,' May 2013) touchingly, if inaccurately, described him as an 'intimate' of the 'US foreign policy establishment' who writes 'for the Euro-American ruling class.'
  • Rob's latest book, After Obama: Renewing American Leadership, Restoring Global Order was published in May 2016 by Cambridge University Press. One endorsement describes the book as '... the intellectual cold shower needed after more than a decade of strategically incoherent behavior on the part of the United States. Witty and sure-footed in his command of history, American politics and international affairs, Robert Singh offers a concise account of the hole Washington has dug for itself and the steps necessary for America to regain its position of global leadership.'

Research roles

  • Professor Singh is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, an Associate Fellow of the Institute for the Study of the Americas (University of London), a member of the external advisory board of the United States Presidency Centre, Institute for the Study of the Americas, an Honorary Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association (New York), and was a Trustee of William Palmer Sixth Form College (2002-09).
  • He is also a member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He was appointed Professor of Politics in 2004 and served as Head of the Department of Politics from 2004-2006.
  • He served as External Examiner for the Department of Politics and International Relations of DeMonfort University (2004-08) and is currently External Examiner for the Department of Political, Social and International Studies at the University of East Anglia and the Department of Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King's College, London. He was the External Examiner for the Macmillan Prize at Eton College in 2011.
  • He is also a member of the Westlaw Round Table Group, the European Convention on Liberal Democracy, and the Academic Council of the Henry Jackson Society.

Research Interests

  • American politics and the politics of US foreign policy.

Areas of research supervision


  • The Government and Politics of the United States (postgraduate)
  • American Foreign Policy (postgraduate)
  • The United States in International Politics (undergraduate)
  • Contemporary American Politics (undergraduate)

Robert Singh

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7631 6790
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7631 6787

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