Dr 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.
Robert was previously a Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft Fellow jointly appointed at the International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School and the Security Studies Program, MIT and a Predoctoral Fellow in the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy at the Bush School for Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.
His work has appeared in, amongst others, International Studies Quarterly, Perspectives on Politics, The Journal of Global Security Studies, Armed Forces & Society, Journal of Human Rights Practice, Environmental Communication, and The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics.
Additionally, Robert's work has appeared in popular outlets such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy
, The Washington Post/Made by History, War on the Rocks, The Conversation
, and The Duck of Minerva.