B.A., University of Nebraska at Kearney
Ph.D., University of Washington
Hometown: Kearney, NE
Joined UNK Faculty: 2012
People who study international relations focus on the interactions among nation-states, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations and transnational corporations 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
- Jason Gilmore, Penelope Sheets, and Charles M. Rowling (in press). "Make no exception, save one: American exceptionalism, the American presidency, and the Age of Obama." Communication Monographs.
- Penelope Sheets and Charles M. Rowling. (2015). "When journalists say what a candidate doesn't: Race, nation and the 2008 Obama presidential campaign." International Journal of Communication, 9, 3621-3643.
- Charles M. Rowling, Jason Gilmore, and Penelope Sheets (2015). "When threats come from within: Cultural resonance, frame contestation, and the U.S. war in Afghanistan." International Journal of Press/Politics.
- Penelope Sheets, Charles M. Rowling, and Timothy M. Jones. (2015). "The view from above (and below): A comparison of American, British, and Arab news coverage of U.S. drones." Media, War and Conflict.
- Charles M. Rowling, Penelope Sheets, and Timothy M. Jones. (2015). "American atrocity revisited: National identity, cascading frames, and the My Lai Massacre." Political Communication, 32, 310-330.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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