Ronald R. Krebs

Ronald R. Krebs headshot
Political Science
College of Liberal Arts

Award Year
University Award
Distinguished McKnight University Professors
No Monument Location

Rhetoric, narrative, and the politics of national security

Rhetorical battles over national security are not a sideshow diverting attention from the “real” drivers of policy. Ron Krebs’ award-winning research has uncovered how language in its various forms, from rhetorical tropes to dominant narratives, shapes the politics of national security. His research into the origins of national security policy, grand strategy, the effects of war on democracy, and militarism—among many other substantive questions—has shown that language is power politics.