Robert Strong

Fast Facts

  • Emeritus professor, Washington and Lee University
  • Fulbright Scholar, University College Dublin (2013-14)
  • Former associate provost, Washington and Lee University
  • Expertise on the presidency, U.S. foreign policy, Jimmy Carter

Areas Of Expertise

  • Foreign Affairs
  • American Defense and Security
  • Governance
  • Elections
  • Political Parties and Movements
  • Politics
  • The Presidency

Robert (Bob) Strong is emeritus professor at Washington and Lee University and was a Fulbright Scholar at University College Dublin for the 2013-14 academic year. In 2005, he was a visiting scholar at the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford University.

Strong earned his PhD at the University of Virginia and before W&L taught at Tulane University and the University College of Wales. 

Strong's research involves national security issues and presidential foreign policy decisions in the modern era. His book publications include Character and Consequence: Foreign Policy Decisions of George H. W. BushWorking in the World: Jimmy Carter and the Making of American Foreign Policy and Decisions and Dilemmas: Case Studies in Presidential Foreign Policy Making Since 1945.   

From 2008 to 2013, Strong served in senior administrative positions at Washington and Lee, first as associate provost and then as interim provost. He has published essays in a variety of journals and national newspapers.  His recent speeches and op-eds can be found here.


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“He was always the sincere, principal hard-working political leader,” said Robert Strong, Senior Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center.
Robert Strong WALB
Millions of Americans believe that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. They think Donald Trump won by a landslide in 2020 and lost only because of widespread voter fraud. Some of the people who hold these views are my relatives, neighbors and professional associates. Because I reject these claims, it can be difficult to talk to those who accept them.
Robert Strong The Conversation
“Right from the very beginning of the nation, and persisting until today, there have been rules that limit the ability of the people to choose their leaders.”
Robert Strong The Conversation
“We are not in a healthy political era and that’s because there is a new kind of political division”— the “Stranger Things Partisanship.”
Robert Strong The Messenger
“In 1976, Jimmy Carter was the presidential candidate least like Nixon,” says Robert Strong, professor of politics at Washington and Lee University and a senior fellow at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. “He was honest and told the truth. The nation was looking for something different, and it was a lucky match of background and circumstance.”
Robert Strong Success Magazine