Robert G. Kaufman is a political scientist specializing in American foreign policy, national security, international relations, and various aspects of American politics. Kaufman has written frequently for scholarly journals and popular publications, including The Weekly Standard, Policy Review, The Washington Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and The New York Times.
He is the author of three books. His In Defense of the Bush Doctrine: Moral Democratic Realism and American Grand Strategy was first published in 2007 and reissued in 2008. In 2000, his biography Henry M. Jackson: A Life in Politics received the Emil and Katherine Sick Award for best book on the history of the Pacific Northwest. His first book, Arms Control During the Pre-Nuclear Era, studied the interwar naval treaties and their linkage to the outbreak of World War II in the Pacific. Kaufman also assisted in the research and writing of President Richard M. Nixon's final book, Beyond Peace. He is currently researching two books: a biography of President Ronald Reagan and an analysis of how the Republicans can recapture the White House in 2012.
Kaufman received his JD from Georgetown University Law School, and his BA, MA, MPhil, and PhD from Columbia University. He is a former Bradley Scholar and current adjunct scholar at the Heritage Foundation. He taught at Colgate University, the Naval War College, and the University of Vermont prior to joining the faculty of the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy, where he served as interim dean from January to July of 2008.