Cynthia Roberts is Associate Professor of Political Science at Hunter College, City University of New York. She is also an Adjunct Research Scholar at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Roberts is a member of the John J. McCloy Roundtable on Setting the National Security Agenda at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously she was Director of the Russian Area Studies Graduate Program at Hunter and served as a member of the Executive Committee on Science, Arms Control, and National Security of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has held research fellowships at the Brookings Institution and Stanford University, received several grants, including from the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and worked as a consultant on international security issues.

Professor Roberts’ research centers on Russia and European security problems. Recently, she has focused on the re-emergence of nuclear threats as a source of insecurity in Europe and the erosion of European defense capabilities. She is the author of numerous articles in this area and a monograph on Russia and the European Union: The Sources and Limits of ‘Special Relationships’ (2007). Prof. Roberts also works on international power shifts, the BRICS, and global governance. Her book, The BRICS and Collective Financial Statecraft (with L. Armijo and S. Katada) will be published by Oxford University Press (forthcoming). She is the editor of and contributor to a special issue on Challengers or Stakeholders? BRICs and the Liberal World Order (Polity, 2010), and “The Emerging Powers and Global Governance: Why the BRICS Matter” (with L. Armijo) in the Handbook of Emerging Economies (2014). Her articles have been published in Comparative Politics, Survival, Europe-Asia Studies, The Washington Quarterly, The European Financial Review, online in Foreign Affairs and The National Interest, and in other journals, reports, and edited volumes.

Professor Roberts received an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University and also a certificate from the Harriman Institute at Columbia.


Russia and the European Union: The Sources and Limits of ‘Special Relationships’ (Carlisle Barracks, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, 2007).
Cynthia Roberts, Leslie Armijo, Saori Katada, The BRICS and Collective Financial Statecraft, (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2017).

Journal Articles

“Russia’s BRICs Diplomacy: Rising Outsider with Dreams of an Insider,” Polity 42, no. 1 (2010): 38.
“Challengers or Stakeholders? BRICs and the Liberal World Order,” Polity 42, no. 1 (2010): 1.