Author profile: Robert L. Oprisko

Robert L. Oprisko is an Editor-at-large of E-International Relations and a Director of the website’s Editorial Board. He is a Research Associate at Indiana University’s Center for the Study of Global Change. His research focuses on contemporary political philosophy, international relations theory, and critical university studies. He has published Honor: A Phenomenology (Routledge 2012) and Michael A. Weinstein: Action, Contemplation, Vitalism (Routledge 2014), and is currently writing both Existential Theory of International Politics and The United States’ Nobility: American Exceptionalism at Home and Abroad. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from Purdue University. You can reach him via email.

Chasing Prestige in the Academy: How the System Undermines Itself

Robert L. Oprisko • Apr 18 2015 • Articles
Instead of education being a great social leveler, prestige seeking has reinforced the competitive advantage of the rich and powerful - undermining the viability of many universities.

Call for Papers – Resurrecting International Relations Theory

Robert L. Oprisko • Sep 10 2014 • Articles
Resurrecting IR Theory will be a special issue for the journal 'Politics' with corresponding response articles, interviews, reviews, and commentary published at E-IR.

Rapid Fire: Is the Ukraine Crisis the West’s Fault? Part 1

Robert L. Oprisko • Aug 26 2014 • Articles
Because Russia cares too much and Europe cares too little for Ukraine, a state’s sovereignty is shattered, its people divided, and its future is now uncertain.

Entropy Versus Thought Traditions: IR Theory Isn’t Dead Yet

Robert L. Oprisko • Jun 16 2014 • Articles
Despite evidence to the contrary, IR Theory is enjoying a renaissance in novel and dynamic ideas that will keep theorists entertained and debating for years to come.

Egypt’s Three-Card Monte: The Arab Spring and Human Revolution

Robert L. Oprisko • Jul 23 2013 • Articles
Egypt represents an exceptional case of disregard for structural authority, which undermines the need for formal governance and the purpose of the state.

IR Theory’s 21st Century Experiential Evolution

Robert L. Oprisko • May 25 2013 • Articles
The shared experiences of the 21st century are leading to a shift in IR theory. These new directions are leading to a multi-disciplinary approach that moves away from focusing on the state.

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