MAJ Michael Robinson

​Assistant Professor
International Affairs


Michael A. Robinson is an Assistant Professor of International Affairs at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, where he teaches courses in political methodology and research design, and international relations in the Department of Social Sciences. Additionally, he serves as Course Director for the Academy’s core International Relations course. MAJ Robinson’s research focuses on public opinion, institutional confidence, partisan polarization in foreign policy, and civil-military relations. His research on military politicization and selective media exposure has been published in multiple venues including War on the Rocks and The Washington Post. MAJ Robinson holds a Ph.D. and MA in political science from Stanford University and a BS in international relations (honors) from the United States Military Academy. He can be found on Twitter at @m_robinson771.

Ongoing Research Projects

“That Fair and Warlike Form: Military Voices in Elite-driven Politics”, analyzes the results of original survey experimentation on the effect that military officers can have on shaping public attitudes on foreign policy.
Untitled project on comparative civil-military relations and the sources of institutional confidence in the armed forces in post-war Japan/Germany.
Untitled project exploring social media use by military elite figures and the effect of selective information exposure on public attitudes towards traditional civil-military norms.

Publications & Presentations

Scholarly Publications:
“Danger Close: Military Politicization and Elite Credibility”, PhD diss., Stanford University, 2018.
“Military Operations in Kosovo and the Danger of ‘Mission Creep’”, Military Review: Spotlight, Army University Press, May 2014.
“Alliance Operations in Kosovo: Setting Conditions to Win the Peace”, Peace and Stability Operations Journal, Vol. 4, Iss. 4, US Army War College, July 2013. With Heather Clevenger.
“Danger Close: Military Politicization and Elite Credibility”, War on the Rocks, August 21, 2018.

“What the Mattis resignation tells us about how Trump is damaging the military’s credibility”, The Washington Post, December 21, 2018.
Selected Conference Presentations:
“Partisan Polarization and Military Institutional Trust.” Presentation at US Naval Postgraduate School and War College Annex – Monterey, CA. April 2018.
“Danger Close: Military Politicization and Elite Credibility.” Paper presented at International Studies Association Annual Convention, March 2019.
“Who Follows the Generals? Polarization in Military Institutional Confidence.” Paper to be presented at American Political Science Association Annual Conference, September 2019.
“Political Tribalism and Military Trust.” Paper to be presented at Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, Annual Conference, November 2019.