Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies
International Studies Program
Areas of Expertise
Political Theory, Continental Philosophy, Existentialism,
Axiology, Honor and Rebellion, Military Theory, International
Relations Theory, Group Dynamics (Formation and Dissolution),
Fanaticism: Zeal and Spite, Total Social Fact
Political Theology, International Relations Theory, Political
Philosophy, Political Theory, Political Sociology, Sociology of
Conflict, International Relations, Machiavelli, Politics and
Literature, Ideology, Military Science, Continental
Philosophy, Contemporary Political Theory, Hermeneutics, Political
Science, Critical Theory, Conflict and Conflict Resolution,
Violence, Disaster Management, History of Political Thought,
Politics and Religion, and Marxist-Leninist Military Science.
Robert Oprisko's research examines the relationship of the
individual to the group in order to show the social tensions that
develop into political relationships. He emphasizes both the actors
and the levels of analysis with exceptional rigor using Bentley's
Methodology. His works on honor, dignity, authenticity, and
rebellion examine the mechanics of status quo and maintenance
(continuity) and revision (change).
Education and Experience
Political Theory from Purdue University, PhD (2011)
International Relations from Purdue University,
Political Science from Indiana State University, MS (2007)
International Affairs from Indiana University, BA (2002)
Has taught at Stanford University, Mt. Holyoke, Purdue, Indiana
State, and John Hopkins
Honor: A Phenomenology, in Innovations in
Political Theory, New York, NY and London, UK: Routledge,
"The Rebel as Sovereign: Engaging Schmitt vis the Political
Theology of Dignity" in Revista Pleyade no. 8 Sovereignty,
Representation, and Authority: Current Interpretations of Political
Theology, December 2011.
Political Science Faculty Job Placement by PhD Granting
Institutions (Current as of 2011) Posted at Social Science
Research Institute, Duke University, Durham, NC. (with Natalie
Jackson-Biffle and Nataniel Vaught)
Theory in Action [series] in Between Nations,
Asheville, NC: Soomo Publishing, 2011.
"Realism" feat. Randall Schweller
(Ohio State University)
"Liberalism" feat. J.D. Bowen (St.
"Constructivism" feat. Caleb
Gallemore (Ohio State University)
People in the Street [series] in Between
Nations, Asheville, NC: Soomo Publishing, 2011.
"What is Power?"
"Should There Be a World
"Is War Inevitable?"
"Is Peace Possible?"
"What Makes a Country Secure?"
IS 101: Introduction to
IS 390: The United Nations and Other
IS 470: Topics in International
SW 270: Global Issues in the 21st
GHS 203: Modern and Contemporary