Robert Tynes is a political scientist whose research includes political violence, African politics, child soldiers, and internet activism. His most recent book, Tools of War, Tools of State, (SUNY Press), argues that child soldiers on the battlefield bolster troop size, create moral dilemmas, and deepen the level of fear. Tynes has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, Air & Space Power Journal, African Security Review, The Journal of Sierra Leone Studies, New Media & Society, and limn. Tynes is currently the Director of Research and a Site Director for the Bard Prison Initiative. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University at Albany and an M.A. in communications from the University of Washington.