William Ruger, research fellow in foreign policy studies, is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas State University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin. Ruger is the author of a biography titled Milton Friedman and co-author of two books on state politics: Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom and The State of Texas: Government, Politics, and Policy.  His recent scholarly articles appeared in International Studies Quarterly, Armed Forces and Society, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly.  Ruger has been interviewed frequently for television and radio, including appearances on MSNBC, Fox News, and Fox Business; his op-eds have been published across the country by, among others, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, and the New York Daily News. His research has been highlighted or cited by over a hundred news outlets, including ABC News, CNN, NPR, Univision, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and the New York Post. Ruger serves as the book review editor for the peak journal of civil-military relations, Armed Forces and Society, and is on the Executive Council of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society. He is also an Affiliated Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Ruger is a veteran of the Afghanistan War. He earned his Ph.D. in Politics from Brandeis University and an A.B. from the College of William and Mary.

More from William Ruger


What Would Milton Friedman Say about Fed Policy Under Bernanke?

Investor’s Business Daily. October 20, 2010.

Goldilocks Approach to Cheonan Incident

Korea Times. May 18, 2010.

In Selective Outrage at Arizona Alien Law, Pot Meets Kettle

Providence Journal. May 17, 2010.