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Political Science

Dr. Charles Rowling

Dr. Charles Rowling

Assistant Professor
Founders Hall, 2240
(308) 865-8171

B.A., University of Nebraska at Kearney
Ph.D., University of Washington
Hometown: Kearney, NE
Joined UNK Faculty: 2012

International Relations 

People who study international relations focus on the interactions among nation-states, international organizations (IGO’s), nongovernmental organizations (NGO’s) and transnational corporations (TNC’s) within the international system. Important questions driving inquiry in this subfield include:

  • Why do states behave the way that they do? Specifically, what are the key motivations, processes and constraints that guide how states behave within the international system?
  • To what extent do culture, ideas and identity shape how actors interact within the international system?
  • What are the primary causes of war and conflict? How/why has the nature and frequency of war and conflict within the international system changed over time?
  • What are the principle causes of and obstacles to international peace and cooperation?
  • How and in what ways do (and should) international law, human rights and international organizations shape how actors interact within the international system?

On working with undergraduate students:
“Working with students is the highlight of what I do. I am regularly inspired by my students—by their curiosity, their passion for learning and their desire to make a positive impact on society. Witnessing students mature and progress both as students and as citizens during their undergraduate education—and being involved in that process—is deeply gratifying and immensely rewarding. I consider it a privilege to be able to help students develop their critical thinking and writing skills and discover how to apply what they have learned in the classroom to the real world.”

Favorite quasi-political quote:
"Chamberlain. You could hold his head in the toilet and he'd still give you half of Europe.” - Seinfeld

  • Charles M. Rowling, Penelope Sheets, and Timothy M. Jones. (forthcoming). “American atrocity revisited: National identity, cascading frames, and the My Lai Massacre.” Political Communication.
  • Charles M. Rowling, Penelope Sheets, and Timothy M. Jones. (2013). “Frame contestation in the news: National identity, cultural resonance, and U.S. drone policy.” International Journal of Communication, 7, 2231-2253. http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/2202/1011
  • Charles M. Rowling, Timothy M. Jones, and Penelope Sheets. (2011). “Some Dared Call it Torture: Cultural Resonance, Abu Ghraib, and a Selectively Echoing Press.” Journal of Communication, 61, 1043-1061. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1460-2466.2011.01600.x/abstract
Research Interests
  • Media and U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Strategic Political Communication
  • U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East
  • National Identity and International Conflict
  • Framing and Public Opinion