Robert is Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Political Science at Arcadia University. He earned a BA from Gettysburg College, his MA from the University of Maryland, and Ph.D. from the American University. He has taught at Union College, Luther College, and, since 1986, at Arcadia University. He has published articles on the early political career of John Quincy Adams, American Politics on Film, and several entries in The Encyclopedia of Women in American Politics. In 1988 he was a Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Project Fellow for Hungary and Yugoslavia. Since 1992 he has traveled to Russia several times. In December 1992-January 1993 he took a group of Arcadia students to Russia and Estonia. Also in 1993 Arcadia University supported Professor Thompson's research and study in St. Petersburg with the Russian American Center for International Education. In 1995 he received a grant from the American Political Science Association to conduct research in the Russian Foreign Policy Archive in Moscow. He has also won several Arcadia University grants for travel, under the auspices of the Council on International Educational Exchange, to participate in special study programs for groups of professors in Berlin (1990), Warsaw (1991), Moscow and St. Petersburg, (1996, 1998), and Budapest and Prague (2002,2004). He received Arcadia University grants to conduct research in 2000 and 2002 in Bucharest and Sibiu, Romania and study recent Romanian political developments. Professor Thompson has also led student delegations to model United Nations conferences in Brussels, Athens, Vienna, Heidelberg, and Geneva.