Robert G. Cantelmo


I am a Ph.D. Student in Cornell University’s Department of Government and a Graduate Fellow at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. My major fields of study are international relations and comparative politics. My research interests include international security, nuclear strategy,  the domestic politics of international relations, dynamics of international cooperation and conflict, and alliance politics. 

Prior to Cornell, I was employed as a researcher for the Nuclear Security Working Group, where I worked with Professor Janne E. Nolan to promote consensus on pressing nuclear security issues and bipartisan discourse about the benefits of nuclear diplomacy. I have also worked as the Associate Director of the Center for the National Interest and as an assistant program officer at the International Republican Institute, where I took part in numerous international election observation missions and political assessments around the world including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Egypt and Jordan.

I received an M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a B.A. in Political Science from American University’s School of Public Affairs. 

I currently live in New York with my wife Catherine and our dog George.