Bob Jackson

Professor, Government

Degrees: DPhil, MA, BA, Oxford, 1965

Office: Political Science, Hall of Letters #324

Phone: 909/748-8596 Campus Ext. 8596



Area of Expertise

Global Politics in the 21st Century

Professional Background

Dr. Robert Jackson is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Redlands in California.  He is a Senior Associate at St. Antony’s College and Visiting Fellow at the Changing Character of War Programme at the University of Oxford. He also holds the positions of Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and Life Member/Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall and Centre of International Studies University of Cambridge, England. He is also named associate Fellow in International Security at Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs), London.

After receiving his doctorate from University of Oxford, he taught courses in Canadian, Comparative and International Relations at Carleton and McGill Universities for 35 years. He continues to teach international relations and advanced seminars on “International Relations, Security and Crises” at Redlands, Carleton, and other Universities around the world.

Dr. Jackson has served as Senior Policy Advisor to two Canadian Prime Ministers and a Deputy Prime Minister, worked in the Privy Council Office (Cabinet Office) and has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as well as many other government agencies. He is a Director of the Atlantic Council of Canada.

Professor Jackson is the author and co-author of 38 books (including issues) and some 50 articles in the fields of comparative, Canadian, North American, and international politics.  His recent books include Temptations of Power: the United States in Global Politics Since 9/11; the 7th edition of Politics in Canada: Culture, Institutions, Behaviour and Public Policy; 5th edition of Canadian Government in Transition; and 5th edition of Introduction to Political Science: Comparative and World Politics.

Cambridge University Press published his newest book on international politics, Global Politics in the 21st Century, in August 2013. Early reviews from the UK and USA call the book “impressive,” “essential reading for everyone with an interest in international relations,” " lucid and astonishing wide-range analysis," and “comprehensive.”

As well as working on new editions of all the earlier books mentioned above, Dr. Jackson is currently working on several wide and exciting new projects: US and Europe in Afghanistan (where he serves on the Centre for Afghanistan Peace Studies); North American Security Policy (funded by ACSUS); Executive-Legislative Relations in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom (to be published in an edited book by Allen Unwin); and NATO and Peacekeeping. He is undertaking a major study of the complexities of Global Politics and the Changing Nature of Security, especially the role of Children in Armed Conflict and the contribution of the United Nations in this vital field of human security.

Dr. Jackson teaches courses on World Politics, Comparative Politics: Development and Violence, International Relations: Strategy and Security. Among his many awards for teaching, he was chosen by the students as Mortar Professor of the Year his first semester at the University of Redlands.

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • Introduction to World Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Advance Seminar in International Relations

Degrees Held

BA, MA, DPhil Oxford, 1965


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