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William Ruger

Dr. BalanoffOffice:  UAC 344
Phone:  512.245.1564

Curriculum Vitae

B.A., College of William and Mary
Ph.D., Brandeis University

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
William Ruger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin. He earned his Ph.D. in Politics from Brandeis University and an A.B. from the College of William and Mary. Ruger is the author of a biography titled Milton Friedman and co-author of two books on state politics: The State of Texas: Government, Politics, and Policy and Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom. His recent scholarly articles appeared in International Studies Quarterly, Armed Forces and Society, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly. Ruger has been interviewed frequently for television and radio, including appearances on MSNBC, Fox News, and Fox Business; his op-eds have been published across the country by, among others, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, and the New York Daily News. His research has been highlighted or cited by over a hundred news outlets, including ABC News, CNN, NPR, Univision, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and the New York Post. Ruger serves as the book review editor for the peak journal of civil-military relations, Armed Forces and Society, and is on the Executive Council of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society. He is also currently a Research Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute and an Affiliated Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Ruger is a veteran of the Afghanistan War. 


PS 3351 Introduction to International Studies

This “core seminar” identifies critical interdisciplinary questions that will be examined in all courses in the International Studies Program. Required of all majors and minors in International Studies. (MULT) (WI)

PS 4351 International Conflict and Security

Examines historical and spatial patterns of conflict (including war, terrorism, and economic coercion) from Realist, Idealist, and Marxian schools of thought. The course will also examine strategies for conflict prevention and resolution such as deterrence, arms-control, collective security, and “building democracy.” (MULT)