Robert J. Bookmiller

Robert J. Bookmiller, Ph.D.

Robert J. Bookmiller, Ph.D.

Professor of Government & Political Affairs and Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Studies Program
Office: Fulton House Room 201
Phone: (717) 871-7504

Office Hours

T: 2:30 - 3:30 pm
W: 11:00 - 2:00 pm
R: 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Comments: Spring 2018 semester. Appointments are also available.

Additional Information

Spring 2018 Course Offerings:

  • GOVT 221.01  Introduction to Comparative Political Systems
  • GOVT 221.02  Introduction to Comparative Political Systems
  • GOVT 455.01  U.S.-Middle East Foreign Politics


  • B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., University of Virginia
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia

Research and Teaching Interests:

  • Middle East
  • Comparative Government (Jordan, Israel/Palestine, Iran and Turkey)
  • Comparative Foreign Policy (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and United States)

Selected Publications:


  • Engaging Iran: Australian and Canadian Relations with the Islamic Republic, [Dubai, United Arab Emirates, The Gulf Research Center, 2009]. pdf
  • Discovering the Arabian Gulf: Canada’s Evolving Ties with the GCC States [Dubai, United Arab Emirates, The Gulf Research Center, 2006]. pdf


  • “Donor Countries as Aid Recipients:  The United States, New Zealand and the Lessons of Hurricane Katrina” (Co-authored with Kirsten Nakjavani Bookmiller) International Journal of Emergency Management (Forthcoming 2015).
  • "Canada, Iran and "Controlled Engagement:" A New Start with Afghanistan?" Canadian Foreign Policy, March 2011 17(1):  23-37.
  • "Canada and the Human Security Network, 1998-2010 - RIP?"  (co-authored with Kirsten Nakjavani-Bookmiller," British Journal of Canadian Studies, October 2010: 23(2), pp. 247-271.
  • "Abdullah’s Jordan : America ’s Anxious Ally," Alternatives: The Turkish Journal of International Relations, Summer 2003, pp. 174-195.
  • "Might and Right: The US and Canada and Humanitarian Interventions" (co-authored with Kirsten Nakjavani Bookmiller) in Robert Timko (Ed.) Representations of Canada : Cross-Cultural Reflections on Canadian Society (Volgograd University Institute for North American Studies/PA Canadian Studies Consortium, 2002): 73-96.
  • "Arab Press," " Djibouti ," "Hamas," " Israel ," "Jordan," "Palestinian National Authority," "al Quds," "al-Quds," "Palestinian Arab Radio," "Edward Said and Orientalism," "Mordechai Vanunu," and "Voice of Palestine/Voice of the PLO," in Derek Jones (Ed.) Censorship: A World Encyclopedia ( London : Fitzroy-Dearborn, 2002).
  • Contributor, Arabies Trends (Paris-based monthly on Middle East Issues), 1999-2001. Articles include: "Iran/Libya: Tough Talk," September 2001, pp. 36-38; "Listening to the Voice of America ," December 2000, pp. 86-88; "The Spoils of War," September 2000, p. 8;"On Bended Knee," July-August 2000, p. 10; "Meet the Candidates," March 2000, p. 16-18; "The Canadian Compromise," June 1999, pp. 18-19 and "Stamps of Identity: Palestine Through Its Postal History," May 1999, pp. 50-51.
  • "The U.S. and Jordan's Annexation of the West Bank, 1948-1952," in Antonio Donno (Ed.) Ombre Di Guerra Fredda [Cold War Shadows] (Napoli, Italy: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, 1998), pp. 59-94.
  • "Thomas Pickering," in Cathal J. Nolan (Ed.) Notable U.S. Ambassadors Since 1775: A Biographical Dictionary (Greenwood Publishing, 1997), pp. 284-291.
  • "Likud's Jordan Policy," Middle East Policy, 1997, V(3), pp. 90-103.
  • "Behind the Headlines: The Multilateral Middle East Talks," (Co-authored with Kirsten N. Bookmiller), Current History, January 1996, pp. 33-37.
  • "Approaching the Rubicon: Jordan and the Peace Process," SAIS Review, 1994, XIV(2), pp. 109-123.
  • "Dateline Algeria: U.S. Press Coverage of the Algerian War of Independence," (co-authored with Kirsten N. Bookmiller) in Beverly Hawk (Ed.) Africa's Media Image (Praeger Press, 1992): 62-76.
  • "The Western Sahara: Future Prospects," American-Arab Affairs 1991, 37: 64-76.
  • "Palestinian Radio and the Intifada," (Co-authored with Kirsten N. Bookmiller) Journal of Palestine Studies, Summer 1990, pp. 96-105.
  • "The Algerian War of Words Broadcasting and Revolution, 1954-1962," The Maghreb Review, 1989, XIV(3-4), pp. 196-213.
  • "Rabbi Meir Kahane: His Messianic View and the State of the Jews," Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, 1988, XI(4), pp. 21-37.

Professional Memberships:

  • Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America
  • Middle East Institute
  • Association for Canadian Studies in the United States
  • International Studies Association
  • Mid-Atlantic and New England Council for Canadian Studies (President 2007-2009; Executive Board Member, 2002-present)
  • International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)