Kari Roberts is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Dr. Roberts received her doctorate in Political Science from the University of Calgary in 2004, where her doctoral thesis focused on the influence of agency and structure on Russia’s foreign policy response to NATO expansion and ballistic missile defence. Dr. Roberts’ research has long focused on the domestic influences on Russian foreign policy toward the United States; however, she has also written about Russian interests in the Arctic. More recently, Dr. Roberts has been investigating the presence of Russophobia in the American foreign policy calculus, and its impact on Russia-US relations in the post-Cold War era. Dr. Roberts has been teaching international relations and comparative politics for 20 years, including introductory and senior level courses on great power foreign policy, international organizations, American government, and policy studies.
Dr. Roberts’ most recent publications include “Understanding Putin: The Politics of Identity and Geopolitics in Russian Foreign Policy Discourse,” International Journal Vol. 72, No. 1 (2017): 28-55 and a chapter on Russia-US relations in the post-Cold War era in the 2018 Routledge Handbook on Russian Foreign Policy.