Robert Switky

Title: Lecturer

Concentration: American government and international relations

Education: Ph.D.,  Claremont Graduate University

Office: Stevenson 3009A

Phone: (707) 664-2463



Professor Switky holds a Master’s degree in International Studies and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Claremont Graduate University.  Prior to his current stint at Sonoma State (starting in 2007), Dr. Switky was an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska in Kearney.  He has taught Research Methods, the American Political System, Ideas and Institutions, Modern Political Ideologies, War and Politics, Business Statistics.  He also taught for two years in the Freshman Year Experience (FYE) program.  His book, Wealth of an Empire, explores how Britain secretly financed the first year of its involvement in World War II.  He has also co-authored a textbook in international relations and a book on regional trading blocs.  He has also published several pedagogical pieces on such topics as coalition governments and humanitarian intervention.


  • POLS 200: American Political System
    POLS 201: Ideas and Institutions
    POLS 302: Social Science Research Methods
    POLS 304: International Relations
    POLS 315: Modern Political Ideologies
    BUS 211: Business Statistics

Selected Scholarship

Professor Switky is a coauthor of World Politics in the 21st Century and coeditor of The Political Consequences of Regional Trading Blocs.  His book Wealth of an Empire was published in 2013, and he is currently working on an article regarding attitudes about the use of torture on terrorist suspects.