photo: RobinsonSam Robison

Assistant Professor of Research

226 Huey P. Long Field House
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-761-9328




PhD,Political Science, Louisiana State University, 2010
MA, Political Science, Louisiana State University, 2005
BS, Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi, 2002

Brief Biography

Sam Robison is an Assistant Professor of Research in the Office of Social Service Research and Development (SREC) and School of Social Work at Louisiana State University.  He received a PhD in political science with a concentration in international relations in 2010.
After graduating, Dr. Robison worked for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals on healthcare reform efforts.  He then joined SREC as a researcher and data analyst.  In this capacity, Dr. Robison was part of the administrative and evaluation team for the Truancy Assessment and Service Center.  He has helped to spearhead the “Louisiana Longitudinal Study,” a warehouse of statewide data examining Louisiana’s at-risk population over the life course.  He has also been a database/program evaluation consultant.  Dr. Robison became a fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform in early 2013 following completion of its Information Sharing Certificate Program.  His research interests in the social work domain include program evaluation and intervention research, an examination of school and community prevention and early intervention, and the life pathways of at-risk children.  His political science research interests include the political psychology of decision-makers, foreign policy analysis, and conflict studies.

Selected Publications

Robison, Samuel, Kristin Richards, Srinivas Thouta, and Zibei Chen (2012) “O’Brien House Report on Database Development and Outcomes.” Produced for the O’Brien House substance abuse treatment center.

Sobek, David, Dennis Foster, and Samuel Robison (2012) “Conventional Wisdom? The Effect of Nuclear Proliferation on Armed Conflict, 1945-2001.” International Studies Quarterly, 56(1): 149-162.

Robison, Samuel (2011) “Experiential Learning by U.S. Presidents: Domestic and International Influences on ‘Absolute’ Belief Change.” In Rethinking Foreign Policy Analysis: States, Leaders, and the  Microfoundations of Behavioral International Relations, eds. Stephen G. Walker, Akan Malici, and Mark Schafer.

Selected Presentations

Robison, Samuel (2012) “The Influence of Presidential Beliefs on U.S. Foreign Policy Behavior.” Paper presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the International Studies Association, San Diego, CA (April).

Robison, Samuel (2010) “The Influence of Crises on Presidential Learning in the Immediate and Longer Term.” Paper presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the International Studies Association, New Orleans, LA (February).

Robison, Samuel (2009) “Experiential Learning by US Presidents: Domestic, International, and Psychological Influences." Paper presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the International Studies Association, New York, NY (February).