Meet Dr. Pauly

Dr. Robert J. Pauly

Robert J. Pauly, Jr.
Personal Biography

Greetings. My name is Robert J. Pauly, Jr. (please feel free to call me Bob) and I am Associate Dean for Gulf Coast Operations for the College of Arts and Letters and a Tenured Associate Professor of International Policy and Development at Southern Miss.

I was born in Alexandria, Virginia, in April 1967, and spent my formative years in a small Central New Jersey town called Martinsville, along with my parents and three younger brothers.  After high school, I traveled south to attend the University of Virginia, following in my father’s footsteps.  While at UVA, I majored in history, dabbled in international politics and devoted much of my time writing for the sports section of the school newspaper, The Cavalier Daily.

My first career was in journalism.   I spent seven years as a sports reporter and editor for a chain of weekly newspapers in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, covering high school, college and professional athletics.  It was one of the most enjoyable jobs I have ever had, albeit not as intellectually fulfilling as I would have liked.

Over the years, living in Washington piqued my interest in the broader international community in which we all interact.  As a result, I put my reporter’s notebook and tape recorder aside and enrolled in the Graduate Program in International Studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, in the fall of 1996.  I earned an M.A. in August 1998, and my studies culminated with my doctoral hooding after completion of a dissertation focusing on the Muslims of Europe in December 2001.

My present professional undertakings include my post at Southern Miss, and a substantial research agenda that includes projects on nation and state building in the developing world and US foreign policy toward the states of the Greater Middle East.  I have also published numerous books, articles and book chapters on subjects ranging from the war on terrorism to the liberal bias in the American media.

As one can probably tell from that closing research topic, I tend to vote Republican and have discovered that I am a bit of a political anomaly in academia.  I also have a wide range of interests that pertain neither to international relations or domestic politics.  Most notably, I enjoy rooting on our beloved Saints, all of the sports teams at UVA and the University of South Carolina, as well as spending what little free time I have playing an occasional round of golf.

I live in Gulfport with the love of my life, my sweetie, Phyllis, our dogs, Kipper, Bumble, Bella and Easy, and our cats, Luke, Mali and Ivan.