College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Robin Dorff

Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Professor of Political Science

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
Social Sciences Building (SO 402), Room 5010
Phone: 470-578-6124


Dr. Dorff is Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) and Professor in the Department of Political Science & International Affairs. He joined KSU as Dean of CHSS in July 2012 from the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College where he was Research Professor of National Security Affairs (2007-2012) and also held the General Douglas MacArthur Chair of Research since 2009. After completing his M.A. and Ph. D. at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Dr. Dorff held faculty positions at Michigan State University and North Carolina State University. He has served on the USAWC faculty as a Visiting Professor (1994-96) and as Professor of National Security Policy and Strategy in the Department of National Security and Strategy (1997-2004), where he also held the General Maxwell D. Taylor Chair (1999-2002) and served as Department Chair (2001-2004). Dr. Dorff has been a Senior Advisor with Creative Associates International, Inc., in Washington, DC, and served as Executive Director of the Institute of Political Leadership in Raleigh, NC (2004-2006). Dr. Dorff remains extensively involved in strategic leadership development, focusing on national security strategy and policy, and strategy formulation. His research interests include these topics as well as failing and fragile states, interagency processes and policy formulation, stabilization and reconstruction operations, and US grand strategy. He has published and lectured frequently on these topics and has spoken all over the U.S. and in Canada, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Dr. Dorff is the recipient of the U.S. Army Superior Civilian Service Award, the U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, and the U.S. Secretary of State Distinguished Public Service Award.


Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
M.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
B.A., Colorado College