Robert Rinehart is a historian and specialist in the Nordic region who has more than forty years’ experience in teaching and area studies research. From 1986 until he retired in 2008, Professor Rinehart was chairman of Northern European Area Studies Programs at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), responsible for providing area studies training for American diplomats preparing for assignments in the Nordic, Baltic, and Benelux countries. During that same period, he was professorial adjunct at The George Washington University, where he taught courses in the graduate Legislative Studies program. From 2005 to 2010, was also Stuart Fund Lecturer in Nordic-Baltic Studies at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The Elliot School of International Affairs. He has been a consultant on area studies research for the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress and on political risk analyses at Frost and Sullivan Management Research. In 1998, he was an adviser on legislative procedures to the Kuvendi, the Parliament of Albania.
Professor Rinehart received a BA from La Salle College in Philadelphia, studied at Exeter College, Oxford, and earned a Ph.D. in History from Georgetown University. He subsequently taught at George Mason University, The American University, University of Copenhagen, and Linnaeus University in Sweden. He held a research fellowship at the Swedish Institute in Stockholm. His publications include a history of US-Finnish diplomatic relations, contributions to textbooks, and articles in scholarly and professional journals. He is co-author of thirty volumes in the “Country Study” series published for the Department of Defense by Foreign Area Studies, The American University.