Robert Bruce Ware was born in New Mexico and raised on the Chesapeake and San Francisco
Bays. He received an AB in political science from the University of California at Berkeley
with Highest Honors and Great Distinction, and an MA in philosophy from the University of
California at San Diego. He completed two years of graduate study at Princeton University
before completing his D.Phil. at Oxford University, with a dissertation on Hegel’s political
philosophy. He held Regent’s Scholarships at UC Berkeley and UC San Diego, and a University
Fellowship at Princeton. He was also awarded a Research Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute
in Starnberg, Germany.
Ware is the author of Hegel: The Logic of Self-Consciousness and the Legacy of Subjective
Freedom (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999), and the co-author of Dagestan:
Russian Hegemony and Islamic Resistance in the North Caucasus (Armonk, NY: M. E.
Sharpe, 2010). He is the editor of The Fire Below: How the Caucasus Shaped Russia (London:
Bloomsbury Press, 2013). He has published numerous articles on Hegel’s philosophy, on
American politics and education, and on the politics and religion of the Caucasus, Asia, and
Middle East. In addition to scholarly journals, his articles have been published in The Los
Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor,
The San Francisco Chronicle, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Pravda, The Moscow Times, The
Russia Journal, The Hindu, Asian Times, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Russia and
Eurasia Review, and the Central Asia Caucasus Analyst. Isvestia and Itar-Tass have syndicated
his interviews in Russia. He has been an invited speaker at meetings, lectures, and seminars
Since 1996 he has conducted field research in the North Caucasus with support from the
National Research Council, the National Council for Eurasian and Eastern European Research,
and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
He has taught at Oxford University, the University of Buckingham, the University of New
Mexico, the University of Texas at El Paso, and Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. He is
currently a professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.