Goeckel Bio

Robert Goeckel

    Dr. Goeckel teaches International and Comparative Politics in the Department. He is a specialist on European politics, particularly politics in Germany, eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union. His research has dealt largely with the relationship between church and state, as well as the role of religion and politics, particularly during the Communist period. Fluent in German and Russian, Dr. Goeckel has lived for extended periods in Berlin and Moscow while doing research on the German Democratic Republic and Soviet Union. Dr. Goeckel served as director of the Center for the Study of Russia and the US of SUNY/Moscow State University in 2000-2001. Building on this, he has twice led students on a study abroad program to Moscow (2004, 2006, 2008). In the Department Dr. Goeckel has advised the Model UN Club, served as coordinator of the major in International Relations, and facilitated the development of dual degree programs with UDLA in Mexico, Haceteppe University in Turkey, and Moscow State University in Russia.

 Contact Info

Office: Welles 3E

Phone: 245-5459

e-Mail: goeckel@geneseo.edu 


PLSC 140 Introduction to International Politics
PLSC 225 Politics of East Central Europe
PLSC 229 German Politics and Society Since 1945
PLSC 246 US Foreign Policy
(course syllabus)
PLSC 248 The European Union (course syllabus)
LSC 291 Enduring Issues in Comparative/International Politics: Russia
PLSC 329 Politics of Russia and Eurasia
PLSC 345 Theories of International Relations
(course syllabus)
INTD 105 Freshman Writing Seminar

  • The Relations between State and Church in the GDR: Ten Years of Anglo-American Studies,  Staat und Kirchen in der DDR. Zum Stand der zeithistorischen und sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschung, Horst Daehn and Joachim Heise, eds., Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt/M and Berlin, 2003
  • American Church Advocacy of Religious Rights in East Germany: The Legacy of the Past for the Present, Protecting the Human Rights of Religious Minorities in Eastern Europe, ed. Peter Danchin and Elizabeth Cole, NY: Columbia University Press, 2002
  • US-German Church Relations, 1968-1990, Germany and the US in the Era of the Cold War, 1945-1990, ed. Detlef Juncker, NY and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004
  • The Baltic Churches and the Liberalization Process, The Politics of Religion in Russia and the New States of Eurasia, ed. Michael Bourdeaux, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1995
  • The Lutheran Church and the East German State: Political Conflict and Change under Ulbricht and Honecker, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1990
  • The Luther Anniversary in East Germany, World Politics v. 37, n. 1 (October 1984)


 Professional Awards and Activities 
  • Fulbright Research Fellowship, Moscow, 2000-2001
  • Fulbright Research Fellowship, Berlin, 1995-1996
  • Hoover Institution, Visiting Scholar Post-Doctoral (Title Viii) Scholar, 1992-1993
  • International Research and Exchanges Board, USSR Long-Term Exchange (1990-1991)
  • Developmental Fellowship for Russian Language Acquisition (1985-86), and GDR Program Fellowship (1979)
  • President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Advising, SUNY Geneseo, 1990
  • Chancellor’s Award for Internationalization, 2004
  • Member, Advisory Board, Center for the Study of Russia and the US, SUNY/Moscow State University, 2003-present
  • Member, Study Group, “Christians, State and Society in the GDR,” Science Center North Rhine-Westphalia, MinisterPresident Johannes Rau, Chair, 1992-1995
  • PhD Harvard University, Government
  • MPP The University of Michigan, Public Policy
  • A.B. The University of Michigan, Political Science w/ High Honors