Ron Krebs
Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in the Liberal Arts
Professor, Department of Political Science
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 linguistic practices and politics. He is the author of 
Narrative and the Making of US National Security (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and Fighting for Rights: Military Service and the Politics of Citizenship (Cornell University Press, 2006). He is co-editor of Rhetoric & Grand Strategy, a special issue of Security Studies (2015), and of In War's Wake: International Conflict and the Fate of Liberal Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Professor Krebs is currently working on two major projects: (1) Liberty's Trial: International Conflict and the Health of Democracy, which explores the long-run effects of international conflict on democratic institutions and processes; and (2) Soldiering and Citizenship After the Cold War, which examines how societies and publics have construed military service since they no longer recruit for the military through mass conscription and what implications this has for the use of force, casualty tolerance, civil-military relations, and militarism. 

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 PoliticsJournal of Strategic StudiesSurvival, and Orbis, as well as in edited volumes. His commentaries have appeared in, among others, Foreign Affairs,, Slate, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Monkey Cage, 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 has been named a Fulbright Senior Scholar (Israel, fall 2012) and a McKnight Land-Grant Professor at the University of Minnesota (2006-2008). His research has also received support from the United States Institute of Peace and from the Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellows Program at the University of Texas at Austin. 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, the United States Institute of Peace, the Institute for the Study of World Politics, and the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute.

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.