Robert Press, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Poltical 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 two books: 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 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 is currently working on a third book using social movement theories to compare the way individual and organizational activists used non-violent tactics to oppose authoritarian governments in Kenya, Liberia and Sierra Leone (where he was a Fulbright Fellow in 2008-9).

Bob founded the student-led USM Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties. He is serving his as a member of the Faculty Senate 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 spent the summer of 2012 in Perugia, Italy, studying Italian.

Dr. Press' Curriculum Vitae (12 page PDF)