Dr Robert Ralston

Dr Robert Ralston

Department of Political Science and International Studies

Contact details

POLSIS - School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Robert Ralston studies international security, grand strategy, and civil-military relations, with a specific focus on the domestic politics of great power politics and the politics of military service.


  • PhD in Political Science, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • MA in Political Science, Virginia Tech
  • BA in Political Science, Winthrop University

Other activities

  • Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy, July 2021.


Recent publications


Motta, M, Ralston, R & Spindel, J 2021, 'A Call to Arms for Climate Change? How Military Service Member Concern About Climate Change Can Inform Effective Climate Communication', Environmental Communication. https://doi.org/10.1080/17524032.2020.1799836

Krebs, RR, Ralston, R & Rapport, A 2021, 'No Right to Be Wrong: What Americans Think about Civil-Military Relations', Perspectives on Politics. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1537592721000013

Krebs, RR, Ralston, R & Rapport, A 2021, 'Why They Fight: How Perceived Motivations for Military Service Shape Support for the Use of Force', International Studies Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1093/isq/sqab033

Krebs, RR & Ralston, R 2020, 'Patriotism or Paychecks: Who Believes What About Why Soldiers Serve', Armed Forces & Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/0095327X20917166

Spindel, J & Ralston, R 2020, 'Taking Social Cohesion to Task: Perceptions of Transgender Military Inclusion and Concepts of Cohesion', Journal of Global Security Studies. https://doi.org/10.1093/jogss/ogz045

Ralston, R, Motta, M & Spindel, J 2020, 'When OK is Not OK: Public Concern About White Nationalism in the U.S. Military', Armed Forces & Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/0095327X20918394

Manion, M, Ralston, R, Matthews, T & Allen, I 2017, 'Budget analysis as a tool to monitor economic and social rights: Where the rubber of international commitment meets the road of government policy', Journal of Human Rights Practice. https://doi.org/10.1093/jhuman/hux002

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