Robert Press, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science

Bob Press earned his PhD in political science at the University of Florida in 2004 after working as a journalist in Africa and the U.S. He received the departmental teaching award in 2012. He combines lectures with classroom discussions, community service, and research assignments to encourage all students’ critical thinking and knowledge. He is the author of three books: Ripples of Hope: How Ordinary People Resist Repression without Violence (Amsterdam University Press/University of Chicago Press, 2015); Peaceful Resistance: Advancing Human Rights and Democratic Freedom (Ashgate, U.K., 2006); and The New Africa: Dispatches from a Changing Continent (U. Press of Florida, 1999). His articles on sub-Sahara Africa have appeared in various journals, including the Journal of Human Rights, Journal for Contemporary African Studies, Africa Today, Journal of Human Rights Practise, African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review; and Theory in Action.  Click this link for most of Dr. Press's articles. He was a  Fulbright Fellow in 2008-9 in Sierra Leone).

Bob founded the student-led USM Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties and serves as the advisor for Student for Human Rights He served as President of the Faculty Senate (2014-5) and is on the Executive Board of the Forrest County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Bob is married to Betty Press, a USM Adjunct Professor of photography. Together they once traveled around the world for two years, mostly by hitch-hiking. Outside of class he likes to sing in choral groups and to run. He has spent several summers in  in Perugia, Italy, studying Italian and, more recently, doing research on African migration to Italy.

Dr. Press' Curriculum Vitae (12 page PDF)