William P. Ruger


William Ruger is the Vice President of Research and Policy at the Charles Koch Institute. He earned his Ph.D. in politics from Brandeis University and an A.B. from the College of William and Mary. Ruger is co-author of two books on state politics: "The State of Texas: Government, Politics, and Policy" and "Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom." His recent scholarly articles appeared in International Studies Quarterly, Armed Forces and Society, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly. Ruger is a veteran of the Afghanistan War.

Ruger has been interviewed frequently for television and radio, including appearances on MSNBC, Fox News and Fox Business. His op-eds have been published across the country by, among others, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily and the New York Daily News. His research has been highlighted or cited by over a hundred news outlets, including ABC News, CNN, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe and the New York Post.

His most recent academic appointments have been as an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University and an adjunct assistant professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Ruger serves as the book review editor for the peak journal of civil-military relations, Armed Forces and Society, and is on the Executive Council of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society. He is also currently a research fellow at the Cato Institute and an affiliated senior scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He also teaches in the Asia Institute on Political Economy for The Fund for American Studies.