Robert Kreiser received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago in 1971 and taught full-time at the University of Rochester from 1969 to 1982. He is the author of Miracles, Convulsions, and Ecclesiastical Politics in Early Eighteenth-Century Paris (Princeton University Press, 1978). His other scholarly publications and presentations have dealt with demonic possession and religious politics in eighteenth-century Provence, the emergence and early development of the French veterinary medical profession, the origins of the Washington-Baltimore Psychoanalytic Institute, and the history and current state of academic freedom in the U.S.
From 1982 until his retirement in 2013, Kreiser was a senior program officer at the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). During his three decades at the AAUP he provided advice and assistance to faculty members, administration officials, and others on issues of academic freedom and tenure, shared governance, professional ethics, discrimination, sexual harassment, and the rights of contingent faculty and authored or co-authored numerous reports on a variety of faculty rights issues. Since his retirement from the AAUP he has served as an expert witness in numerous court cases involving adverse personnel actions taken against faculty members at colleges and universities around the country.
From 1996 to the present Kreiser has been an adjunct professor of history at GMU, teaching courses in historical methodology, history, biography, and film, and criminal trials in American and European history.