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Prof Rob Singh

  • Overview

    Overview

    Biography

    Rob is a specialist in contemporary US politics and the politics of American foreign policy. He is the author of eleven books - including, most recently, In Defense of the United States Constitution (Routledge, 2019) - and numerous articles and book chapters.

    Rob joined the Department of Politics in 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 D.Phil in Politics (1994). (While researching his doctorate, Rob spent 1990-91 as a Nuffield-Yale graduate exchange student at Yale University.)

    Before joining Birkbeck, Rob held College Lectureships at Oriel, University, Christ Church and 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 has appeared extensively on TV, radio and in print media as a commentator on US politics, elections, the presidency, and contemporary US foreign and national security policy.

    Highlights

    • Rob's 2008 book After Bush won the 2009 Richard E. Neustadt Prize from the American Politics Group of the UK Political Science Association.

    • A critical review of Rob's Barack Obama's Post-American Foreign Policy in the  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.'


    • A review of his In Defense of the United States Constitution referred to him as 'one of Great Britain’s leading authorities on both American politics and American foreign policy' (https://www.the-american-interest.com/2018/10/22/the-sprightly-230-year-old/).

    Qualifications

    • 1st Class Hons BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Oxford, 1989
    • D.Phil in Politics, University of Oxford, 1994

    Administrative responsibilities

    • Director of Education, Dept of Politics
  • Research

    Research

    Research interests

    • US politics; US foreign policy

    Research overview

    Rob is the author or editor/co-editor of eleven books, numerous articles and book chapters, and other publications that address a variety of questions in contemporary US politics and the politics of US foreign policy.

     

    Books
    In Defense of the United States Constitution (New York: Routledge, 2019)

    After Obama: Renewing American Leadership, Restoring Global Order (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016)

    Barack Obama's Post-American Foreign Policy: The Limits of Engagement (London: Bloomsbury, 2012)

    (Co-author) After Bush: The Case for Continuity in American Foreign Policy (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008)

    (Co-editor) The Bush Doctrine and the War on Terrorism: Global Responses, Global Consequences (London: Routledge, 2006)

    (Editor) Governing America: The Politics of a Divided Democracy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003)

    (Editor) American Politics and Society Today (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2002)

    American Government and Politics: A Concise Introduction (London: Sage, 2003)

    Contemporary American Politics: Issues and Controversies (London: Sage, 2003)

    The Congressional Black Caucus: Racial Politics in the United States Congress (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1998)

    The Farrakhan Phenomenon: Race, Reaction and the Paranoid Style in American Politics (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1997)
     

    Journal Articles & Book Chapters
    'Les relations anglo-americaines apres le Brexit: et moins si affinites?', Politique Etrangere issue 4, December 2020, pp. 41-54 

    'The Trump, Bush and Obama Doctrines: A Comparative Analysis,' chapter thirteen in Stanley Renshon and Peter Suedfeld (eds.), The Trump Doctrine and the Emerging International System (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).

    'No Time To Die: The Crisis of the Special Relationship,' The American Interest published February 25, 2020: https://www.the-american-interest.com/2020/02/25/no-time-to-die/

    'The Obama Era: Retrenchment and the Challenge of a “Post-American” World, 2009-2017 ' chapter 52 in Christopher Dietrich (ed.), A Companion to US Foreign Policy (New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2020)

    'Friends Without Benefits: The "Special Relationship" After Brexit,' The American Interest published September 13, 2019, at: https://www.the-american-interest.com/2019/09/13/friends-without-benefits-the-special-relationship-after-brexit/

    'The Strange Death of a Special Relationship,' The American Interest published 29 March 2019, at: https://www.the-american-interest.com/2019/03/29/the-strange-death-of-a-special-relationship/

    'Unchecked and Unbalanced? The Politics and Policy of U.S. Nuclear Launch Authority,' Orbis Winter 63 (1) 2019, pp. 116-131 https://www.fpri.org/article/2019/01/unchecked-and-unbalanced-the-politics-and-policy-of-u-s-nuclear-launch-authority/

    'The United States Congress and Nuclear War Powers: Explaining Legislative Non-feasance,' The Journal of Legislative Studies 24 (3) 2018, pp. 298-314

    'The US and Russia: an exceptional power relationship?', chapter 3 in Donette Murray & David Brown (eds.), Power Relations in the Twenty-First Century: Mapping a Multipolar World (London: Routledge, 2017), pp. 51-72

    '"I, The People": A Deflationary Interpretation of Populism, Trump and the United States Constitution,' Economy and Society 46 (1) 2017, pp. 20-42

    'Neoconservatism in the Age of Obama,' chapter three in Inderjeet Parmar, Linda B. Miller & Mark Ledwidge (eds.), Obama and the World: New Directions in US Foreign Policy 2nd edn. (London: Routledge, 2014), pp. 29-40

    'The Bush Doctrine', entry in Joel Krieger (ed.), The Oxford Companion to International Relations (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013)

    'The War on Terror', 'Barack Obama', and 'Anti-Americanism', entries in Timothy J. Lynch (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopaedia of American Military and Diplomatic History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012)

    'America: The Eagle Untamed', ch 1 in David Smith & Donette Murray (eds.), Multipolarity in the 21st Century: A New World Order (London: Routledge, 2012), pp. 17-47

    'Continuity and Change in Obama's Foreign Policy', ch 12 in Bert Rockman, Andrew Rudalevige and Colin Campbell (eds.), The Obama Presidency: Appraisals and Prospects (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2012), pp. 268-94

    'George W. Bush and the US Congress', ch 2 in Jon Herbert & Andrew Wroe (eds.), Assessing the Bush Presidency: A Tale of Two Terms? (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009), pp. 13-28

    'Foreign Policy', in Philip Davies, Dilys Hill, Andrew Rudalevige, George C. Edwards III, Jenel Virden, and Robert Singh, 'The Obama Administration: what can social science offer?', 21st Century Society (Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences), 4 (3) 319-45, November 2009, pp. 337-41

    'In Defence of a Concert of Liberal Democracies', The Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations 10 (1) Winter/Spring 2009, pp. 19-29

    'Neo-conservatism: Theory and Practice', ch 3 in Inderjeet Parmar, Linda B. Miller and Mark Ledwidge (eds.) New Directions in US Foreign Policy (London: Routledge, 2009), pp. 32-47

    'The Exceptional Empire: Why the United States Will Not Decline - Again', International Politics 45 (5) 2008, pp. 571-93

    'United Kingdom', in David Levinson and Karen Christensen (eds.), Global Perspectives on the United States: a nation by nation survey volume 2 (Great Barrington, Mass.: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2007), pp.652-58

    ‘Guns, Capital Punishment and Anti-Americanism’, ch 4 in Brendon O’Connor (ed.), Anti-Americanism: History, Causes and Themes, Volume 1: Causes and Sources (Oxford: Greenwood World Publishing, 2007), pp. 59-84

    ‘Anti-Americanism in the United Kingdom’, ch 9 in Brendon O’Connor (ed.), Anti-Americanism: History, Causes and Themes, Volume 3: Comparative Perspectives (Oxford: Greenwood World Publishing, 2007), pp. 183-212

    ‘The Bush Doctrine and Anti-Americanism’, ch 4 in Brendon O’Connor & Martin Griffiths (eds.), Anti-Americanism: History, Causes and Themes, Volume 4: Blame It on Bush? (Oxford: Greenwood World Publishing, 2007), pp. 67-79

     

     

     

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching

    Supervision

    I welcome expressions of interest from students interested in working on contemporary US politics and/or the politics of US foreign policy.

    Teaching

    I currently teach the undergraduate modules, The United States in International Politics and Challenges in Contemporary Politics.

    Teaching modules

    • The United States in International Politics (SSPO131S6)
    • Challenges in Contemporary Politics (SSPO143S5)
  • Publications

    Publications

    Article

    Book

    Book Section

    • Singh, Robert (2020) The Obama era: retrenchment and the challenge of a "Post-American" World, 2009-2017. In: Dietrich, C. (ed.) A Companion to US Foreign Relations: Colonial Era to the Present. Wiley. ISBN 9781119166108.
    • Singh, Robert S. (2012) The United States: the eagle untamed. In: Murray, D. and Brown, D. (eds.) Multipolarity in the 21st Century: A New World Order. Contemporary Security Studies. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. ISBN 9780415475471.
    • Singh, Robert S. (2012) Anti-Americanism. In: Lynch, T.J. (ed.) The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199759255.
    • Singh, Robert S. (2012) Barack Obama. In: Lynch, T.J. (ed.) The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199759255.
    • Singh, Robert S. (2012) Continuity and change in Obama's foreign policy. In: Rockman, B. and Rudalevige, A. and Campbell, C. (eds.) The Obama Presidency: Appraisals and Prospects. Washington, USA: CQ Press. pp. 268-294. ISBN 9781608716852.
    • Singh, Robert S. (2012) The war on terror. In: Lynch, T.J. (ed.) The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199759255.
    • Singh, Robert S. (2009) George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress. In: Wroe, A. and Herbert, J. (eds.) Assessing the George W. Bush Presidency: A Tale of Two Terms. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press. pp. 13-28. ISBN 9780748627417.
    • Singh, Robert S. (2009) Neo-conservatism: theory and practice. In: Parmar, I. and Miller, L.B. and Ledwidge, M. (eds.) New Directions in US Foreign Policy. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. pp. 32-47. ISBN 9780415777490.
    • Singh, Robert S. (2007) Anti-Americanism in the United Kingdom. In: O’Connor, B. (ed.) Anti-Americanism: History, Causes and Themes. Oxford, UK: Greenwood World Publishing. pp. 183-212. ISBN 9781846450044.
    • Singh, Robert S. (2007) The Bush doctrine and Anti-Americanism. In: O’Connor, B. and Griffiths, M. (eds.) Anti-Americanism: History, Causes and Themes. Oxford, UK: Greenwood World Publishing. pp. 67-79. ISBN 9781846450044.
    • Singh, Robert S. (2007) Guns, capital punishment and anti-Americanism. In: O’Connor, B. (ed.) Anti-Americanism: History, Causes and Themes. Oxford, UK: Greenwood World Publishing. pp. 59-84. ISBN 9781846450044.
    • Singh, Robert S. (2007) United Kingdom. In: Levinson, D. and Christensen, K. (eds.) Global Perspectives on the United States: a nation by nation survey. Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA: Berkshire Publishing Group. pp. 652-658. ISBN 9781614729488.
    • Singh, Robert S. (2006) Are we all Americans now? explaining anti-Americanisms. In: O’Connor, B. and Griffiths, M. (eds.) The Rise of Anti-Americanism. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. pp. 25-47. ISBN 9780415369060.
    • Singh, Robert S. (2006) The Bush administration and the Middle East. In: Morgan, Iwan and Davies, P.D. (eds.) Right On? Political Change and Continuity in George W. Bush’s America. Institute for the Study of the Americas Press. pp. 92-110. ISBN 9781900039697.
    • Singh, Robert S. (2006) The Bush doctrine. In: Buckley, M. and Singh, Robert S. (eds.) The Bush Doctrine and the War on Terrorism: Global Consequences, Global Responses. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. pp. 12-31. ISBN 9780415369978.
    • Singh, Robert S. (2006) Introduction. In: Buckley, M. and Singh, Robert S. (eds.) The Bush Doctrine and the War on Terrorism: Global Consequences, Global Responses. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. pp. 1-11. ISBN 9780415369978.
    • Singh, Robert S. (2004) The superpower response: the USA. In: Fawn, R. and Buckley, M. (eds.) Global Responses to Terrorism: 9/11, Afghanistan and Beyond. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. pp. 72-88. ISBN 9780415314305.
    • Kaufmann, Eric P. (2003) Race and multiculturalism. In: Singh, Robert S. (ed.) Governing America: The Politics of a Divided Democracy. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. pp. 449-466. ISBN 9780199250493.
    • Singh, Robert S. (2003) Capital punishment. In: Singh, Robert S. (ed.) Governing America: The Politics of a Divided Democracy. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. pp. 375-390. ISBN 9780199250493.
    • Singh, Robert S. (2003) Gun control. In: Singh, Robert S. (ed.) Governing America: The Politics of a Divided Democracy. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. pp. 359-374. ISBN 9780199250493.
    • Singh, Robert S. (2002) American perceptions. In: Buckley, M. and Cummins, S. (eds.) Kosovo: Perceptions of War and Its Aftermath. London, UK: Continuum. pp. 61-77. ISBN 9780826456694.
    • Singh, Robert S. (2002) Subverting American values? The Simpsons, South Park and the cartoon culture war. In: Singh, Robert S. (ed.) American Politics and Society Today. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press. pp. 206-229. ISBN 9780745625263.
    • Singh, Robert S. (2002) The elections of 2000. In: Singh, Robert S. (ed.) American Politics and Society Today. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press. pp. 29-55. ISBN 9780745625263.
    • Singh, Robert S. (2002) The politics and policy of law and order. In: Peele, G. and Bailey, C. and Cain, B. and Peters, B.G. (eds.) Developments in American Politics 4. Basingstoke, UK: Macmillan. pp. 181-201. ISBN 9781403907530.
  • Business and community

    Business and community

    Media

    I am happy to receive enquiries from the media on the following topics:

    • US politics
    • The US presidency
    • US elections
    • US foreign and national security policy

      Outreach

      Rob was a quest on a panel discussing the US presidential transition on 'World Today' on China Radio International, on 13 November 2020: http://chinaplus.cri.cn/podcast/detail/1/251142


      Rob was the guest on the Department of Politics Talking Europe series: https://youtu.be/jVj3GADDSkE

      Rob was quoted in the Daily Express on the 2022 midterm elections on 12 November 2020: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1359509/US-Election-2020-Joe-Biden-House-of-Representatives-Democrat-GOP-evg

      Rob was quoted in Newsweek on the election on 6 November 2020: https://www.newsweek.com/1876-election-115-days-decide-president-claims-voter-fraud-1545398

      Rob was a guest on the Mark Dolan show on talk Radio, discussing the pending US election result, on 6 November 2020.