Ron Krebs
Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in the Liberal Arts
Professor, Department of Political Science
Scholar of the College, College of Liberal Arts
office: 1233 Social Sciences
tel.: 612-624-4356
fax: 612-626-7599

Mailing Address
1414 Social Sciences
267 19th Ave. S.
Dept. of Political Science
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Professor Ron Krebs (Ph.D., Columbia University) conducts research at the juncture of international relations and comparative politics, with particular interests in the origins and consequences of international conflict and military service and in rhetoric, narrative, and politics. He is the author 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. Professor Krebs is also the author of Fighting for Rights: Military Service and the Politics of Citizenship (Cornell University Press, 2006), and coeditor of In War's Wake: International Conflict and the Fate of Liberal Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and of Rhetoric and Grand Strategy, a special issue of Security Studies (2015).

Professor Krebs is currently working on three major projects: 
(1) In the Shadow of Violence: How Conflict Makes and Remakes Democracy. This book project explores the long-run effects of international conflict on liberal-democratic institutions and processes.

(2) Soldiering and Citizenship After the Cold War. This series of articles examines how societies and publics have construed military service in the years since Western militaries turned away from recruiting soldiers through mass conscription and what implications this has for the use of force, casualty tolerance, civil-military relations, and militarism. 

(3) The Oxford Handbook of Grand Strategy. This volume, co-edited with Thierry Balzacq and bringing together nearly 50 essays by leading scholars, will be the definitive text on the conceptual and historical foundations, production, evolution, and future of grand strategy. 

Professor Krebs has published articles in numerous scholarly journals, including International OrganizationInternational SecurityEuropean Journal of International RelationsSecurity StudiesInternational Studies QuarterlyPolitical Science QuarterlyArmed Forces & SocietyPerspectives on Politics, and the Journal of Strategic Studies, as well as in edited volumes. His essays and commentaries have appeared in, among others, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The National InterestSlate, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Monkey Cage, Lawfare, the Chicago Tribune, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He is also the author of a historical monograph, Dueling Visions: U.S. Strategy Toward Eastern Europe Under Eisenhower (Texas A & M University Press, 2001).

Professor Krebs is currently Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in the Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, where he has also been named a McKnight Land-Grant Professor (2006-2008) and Scholar of the College of Liberal Arts (2017-2020). In fall 2012, Professor Krebs was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Israel. His research has also received support from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, the Charles Koch Foundation, the Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellows Program at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Israel Institute. He has also been awarded research fellowships by, among other institutions, the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, and the United States Institute of Peace.

Professor Krebs has been an associate editor at the scholarly journal Security Studies and an assistant editor at Foreign Affairs. He sits on the editorial boards of Security Studies and the Journal of Global Security Studies and is a member of the governing council of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association.

Professor Ron Krebs' research interests include: international relations theory; international security; the causes and consequences of war and military service; language and politics; and counterterrorism.