Areas of Expertise:
Russia and Central Asia
Islam and the Middle East
Terrorism and Political Violence
Popular Culture and Politics
Dr. Robert A. Saunders is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, Economics, and Politics at Farmingdale State College, where he teaches courses on comparative religions, global politics, and world history. In addition to his role as an instructor, Dr. Saunders is also Chair of the Science, Technology and Society (STS) program, the largest baccalaureate program in the School of Arts and Sciences at Farmingdale. He holds a PhD in Global Affairs from Rutgers University and degrees in History from Stony Brook University (MA) and the University of Florida (BA). His geographic areas of focus include Russia and Central Asia, Europe, and the Muslim world. His research explores the impact of mass media and popular culture on national identity, geopolitics, and international relations.
Dr. Saunders' articles have appeared in Nations and Nationalism, Slavic Review, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Global Media and Communication, Identities, Russia in Global Affairs, and Geopolitics, as well as other journals. He is an Associate Editor of the Globality Studies Journal.
Based on his extensive work on Kazakhstan's feud with the British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, Harper's labeled him the "world's leading Boratologist." His 2008 book on the subject is titled The Many Faces of Sacha Baron Cohen: Politics, Parody, and the Battle over Borat. He is also the author of Ethnopolitics in Cyberspace: The Internet, Minority Nationalism, and the Web of Identity (2010) and the co-author, with Vlad Strukov, of the Historical Dictionary of the Russian Federation (2010).