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Robert Gilbert

Professor Emeritus of Political Science



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Why politics aren’t for the faint of heart

Experts dis­cussed the impact a politi­cians’ health can have on their polit­ical careers at a recent con­fer­ence hosted by Northeastern’s Depart­ment of Polit­ical Science.

Conference on Presidential Disability and Succession: Problems and Opportunities

3Qs: What’s next after State of the Union?

Facing a frac­tured Con­gress and the forth­coming midterm elec­tions, Pres­i­dent Obama declared he would act uni­lat­er­ally when necessary—the impli­ca­tions of which remain to be seen, according to polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor Robert Gilbert.


3Qs: JFK’s legacy, 50 years after his assassination

Polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor Robert Gilbert, who is writing a book on Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy’s legacy, says JFK’s polit­ical decision-​​making “improved sharply as he acquired more seasoning.”


The future of the country’

At an Elec­tion 2012 watch party, an enthu­si­astic yet anx­ious group of stu­dents came together to share the mon­u­mental moment with their fellow Huskies.


Election 2012: all-​​day analysis

A day after the nation went to the polls, we’re talking to North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers about Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s elec­toral win over Repub­lican Mitt Romney, despite an extremely close pop­ular vote count. Check in throughout the day to see what experts from across the uni­ver­sity are saying about what the results mean for the nation and the world.


Will the first presidential debate tip the election scales?

According to a trio of North­eastern experts in media and pol­i­tics, the per­for­mances in the first pres­i­den­tial debate may seal the polit­ical fate of Gov. Mitt Romney and Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Election Roundtable

3Qs: Town hall added drama to high-​​stakes debate

Robert E. Gilbert, the Edward W. Brooke Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Sci­ence, ana­lyzes Tuesday night’s debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.


3Qs: Off-​​the-​​cuff comments bring candidates to “dangerous political territory”

Polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor Robert Gilbert weighs in on Mitt Romney’s con­tro­ver­sial com­ments that were sur­rep­ti­tiously recorded at a pri­vate fundraiser and then posted on the Internet.

Unrecognizable businessman in media interview

3Qs: The significance of Obama’s endorsement of same-​​sex marriage

Pres­i­dent Obama endorsed same-​​​​sex mar­riage last Wednesday after­noon in a tele­vised inter­view with ABC News. We asked Robert Gilbert, the Edward W. Brooke Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Sci­ence in North­eastern University’s […]


3Qs: The political effects of Libyan leader’s fall

Former Libyan dic­tator Moammar Gad­hafi was killed on Thursday by rev­o­lu­tionary fighters in his home­town of Sirte. We asked Robert Gilbert, the Edward W. Brooke Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Sci­ence in North­eastern University’s Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties, to ana­lyze the impact of Gadhafi’s death on U.S. pol­i­tics and the 2012 pres­i­den­tial campaign.

Presidential Election 2012 panel

3Qs: A perilous deal for the president

Ear­lier this week, Pres­i­dent Obama signed a bill passed by Con­gress that would raise the debt ceiling and avoid default. The com­bative nego­ti­a­tions that pre­ceded the deal, how­ever, high­lighted the deep polit­ical divide in Wash­ington. We asked Robert Gilbert, the Edward W. Brooke Pro­fessor in Northeastern’s Depart­ment of Polit­ical Sci­ence, to examine the polit­ical cli­mate in light of this deal, and what it means for the 2012 elections.

Presidential Election 2012 panel

Since the JFK assassination, an ever-​​shifting balance between security and openness

In the wake of the shoot­ings in Tucson, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Sci­ence Robert Gilbert dis­cussed the issue of increased secu­rity for elected offi­cials who still need to meet […]

3Qs: What it takes to be president

Polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor Robert E. Gilbert studies Amer­ican pol­i­tics, par­ties and elec­tions, and the U.S. pres­i­dency. He’s written exten­sively on the impact of ill­ness and psy­cho­log­ical hard­ships on pres­i­dents. Given […]

Selected Publications

For a complete list of faculty citations, please visit iRis, Northeastern’s digital archive.


“Psychological Dysfunction and Great Achievements: The Presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson

Politics, Culture and Socialization, Spring, 2011, pp. 5-27.


Dwight D. Eisenhower: The Call of Duty and The Love of Applause

The Journal of Psychohistory, Summer, 2010, pp. 49-70.

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