Robert Elias

Robert Elias


Program Director

(415) 640-4937 Kalmanovitz Hall 276


Robert Elias has taught in USF’s politics department since 1989. Hailing from a Czech and Irish-Catholic working class family in New York City, Professor Elias created the USF Legal Studies, Criminal Justice Studies, and Peace & Justice Studies programs. He’s taught in USF's Honors Humanities and in the BA/MA in International Studies programs.

Elias has taught previously at McGill University (Montreal), Tufts University (Boston and France), the UC Berkeley, Penn State University, and the University of Maryland (College Park and Europe). He's been a researcher at the International Institute of Human Rights (Strasbourg), the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva), Oxfam America (Boston), the Institute for Defense & Disarmament Studies (Cambridge), and the Vera Institute of Justice (New York). He’s the editor of Peace Review, and associate editor of New Political Science, Temida, the Encyclopedia of Peace, Violence & Conflict, and the International Review of Victimology.

Program Director, Legal Studies Program
Program Director, Criminal Justice Studies
Program Director, 4/3 Law Program
Chair, Pre-Professional Law Committee
Penn State University, PhD, 1981
University of Strasbourg, Certificate, 1982
Penn State University, M.A., 1974
University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1972
William Eakin Visiting Professor, McGill University
Visiting Professor, Peace & Conflict Studies, UC, Berkeley
Visiting Scholar, Center for Study of Law & Society, UC, Berkeley
Associate Professor of Politics, Tufts University
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Maryland
Legal Studies
Sports and Politics
Baseball History
Constitutional Law
Crime and Victimization
International Human Rights
Selected Publications

Major League Rebels: Baseball Battles Over Workers' Rights and American Empire (Rowman & Littlefield)

Baseball Rebels: The Battles Over Race, Gender & Sexuality That Shook Up the Game and Changed America (University of Nebraska Press)

The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold U.S. Foreign Policy & Promoted the American Way Abroad (The New Press)

The Deadly Tools of Ignorance: A Debs Kafka Mystery (Rounder Books)

Victims Still: The Political Manipulation of Crime Victims (Sage Publications)

The Politics of Victimization: Victims, Victimology & Human Rights (Oxford University Press)

Rethinking Peace (Lynne Rienner Publications)

Baseball and the American Dream: Race, Class, Gender & the National Pastime (M.E. Sharpe/Routledge)

University of San Francisco: College History Series (Arcadia)

Victims of the System: Crime Victims & Compensation in American Politics and Criminal Justice (Transaction/Routledge)

Awards & Distinctions

Eakin Scholar, McGill University, 2019

USF Dean's Scholar, 2012

USF Sarlo Prize for Teaching, 2006

USF Frank L. Beach Award for Leadership in Service, 2001

USF Distinguished Research Award, 1996

USF Davies Scholar, 1994

National Endowment for the Humanities Chair, 1990