Alumni (National Fellow)

Ronald Krebs

National Fellow
B.A. Princeton University (1995)
M.A. Columbia University in the City of New York (1998)
M.Phil. Columbia University in the City of New York (2000)
Ph.D. Columbia University in the City of New York (2002)
Dream Mentor:
Elizabeth Kier
University of Washington
Fields of Interest:
African American History
Foreign Policy
International Relations
National Security Policy
The Military


Ronald (Ron) Krebs is Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in the Liberal Arts and professor of political science at the University of Minnesota. He is the author most recently of Narrative and the Making of US National Security (Cambridge University Press, 2015), which won the 2016 Robert L. Jervis and Paul W. Schroeder Best Book Award in International History and Politics and the 2016 Giovanni Sartori Book Award, for the best book developing or applying qualitative methods, from the American Political Science Association. Ron is co-editor of “Rhetoric & Grand Strategy,” a special issue of Security Studies (2015), co-editor of In War’s Wake: International Conflict and the Fate of Liberal Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and author of Fighting for Rights: Military Service and the Politics of Citizenship (Cornell University Press, 2006). His writings on a wide range of subjects in global affairs and international security have appeared in both scholarly and general-interest journals, magazines, and websites—including Foreign Affairs, Lawfare, The National Interest, the Washington Post, and Slate (for a complete list, see his website). Ron Krebs has been named a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Israel (2012), as well as Scholar of the College of Liberal Arts (2017-2020) and a McKnight Land-Grant Professor (2006-2008) at the University of Minnesota. He currently sits on the editorial boards of Security Studies and the Journal of Global Security Studies.

Thesis Description:

A School for the Nation? Military Institutions and the Boundaries of Nationality
Krebs’ dissertation, “A School for the Nation? Military Institutions and the Boundaries of Nationality,” explored the political consequences of patterns of military inclusion and exclusion in several historical and national contexts, including the United States, Israel, and imperial Germany. In it, Krebs surveyed the political legacy of the desegregation of the U.S. armed forces, including a case study of African-Americans’ military service in the 20th century which explained why black claims-making premised upon military service failed to move white audiences after World War I.

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