Kyiv Security Forum

William RUGER

Vice President of Research and Policy, Charles Koch Institute, U.S.

William Ruger serves as the vice president for research and policy at the Charles Koch Institute and the vice president for research at the Charles Koch Foundation.  He is also a research fellow in foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute.  He was previously an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University.

Ruger earned his Ph.D. in Politics from Brandeis University and an A.B. from the College of William and Mary.  His scholarship has appeared in a number of academic journals including International Studies Quarterly, Civil Wars, and Armed Forces and Society.  He is the author of the biography Milton Friedman and co-author of two books on state politics, including Freedom in the 50 States (now in its 5th edition).  Ruger has written op-eds for numerous outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today, and he has been interviewed frequently for television and radio, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News.  He serves on several non-profit boards, including the Advisory Board of the Policing Project at the New York University School of Law.  Ruger is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and an officer in the U.S. Navy (Reserve Component).