Robert Ostergard, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
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Robert Ostergard is an associate professor in the University of Nevada, Reno’s Political Science Department.

He earned a Doctoral degree and a Master’s degree in political science from the State University of New York, Binghamton. Ostergard has field experience conducting research in HIV/AIDS and civil-military relations in Africa and has published extensively on the subject of intellectual property rights. He also serves as affiliated faculty for the University of Nevada, Reno’s Gender, Race and Identity Program, and has been selected three times as a finalist (two times as runner-up) for the Alan Bible Teaching Excellence Award since joining the University faculty in 2006.

He has been active as a consultant for agencies and organizations including the Rand Corp., the United States Department of Defense and the World Economic Forum. Ostergard has authored or co-authored four books and nearly 30 articles as an active researcher and lecturer. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses including political violence and terrorism, international security, politics of sub-Saharan Africa and global political economy, among others.

Research interests

  • International relations and security policy
  • Comparative politics (regional focus of Africa)
  • International political economy
  • Civil-military relations and civil conflict


  • HIV/AIDS and the Threat to National and International Security (Palgrave, 2007)


  • Ph.D., Political Science, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1999
  • M.A., Political Science, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1996
  • B.A., Political Science and Economics, University of Massachusetts, 1992