Robert Elias "is the Chair of Legal Studies and a Professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco, where he teaches courses on criminal justice, human rights, constitutional law, and baseball. He has attended the University of Pennsylvania (B.A.), Penn State University (M.A., PhD), and the University of Strasbourg (Certificate). Elias received a Fulbright Award to teach at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka and was a Visiting Scholar at the Peace & Conflict Studies Program at the Center for the Study of Law & Society at the University of California, Berkeley. He has also received two MacArthur grants and held the National Endowment for the Humanities Chair at USF in 1991.
"In addition to being a professor and researcher Elias is the author of many non-fiction books, including Victims of the System, The Politics of Victimization, and Victims Still. He is the editor of New Political Science, Encyclopedia of Peace, Violence & Conflict, and the International Review of Victimology. Elias's short fiction has been published in both Nine and The Exquisite Corpse.
"Elias was once offered a major league contract with the San Francisco Giants, which he foolishly turned town. Baseball still weighs heavy on his psyche, manifesting itself in his debut novel The Deadly Tools of Ignorance and the non-fiction book Baseball and the American Dream, which he edited. He is currently working on a series of non-fiction books, including The Empire Strikes Out: Baseball and U.S. Foreign Policy and The Legacy of Baseball: Men and Women Who Made A Difference. Robert Elias resides in Mill Valley, California." 
"He has been a researcher at the Institute for Defense & Disarmament Studies (Boston), Oxfam America (Boston), the Vera Institute of Justice (New York), the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva), and the International Institute of Human Rights (Strasbourg)." (see for further details)