Charles E. Ziegler, Ph.D.

Professor & Distinguished University Scholar, Political Science; Director, Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order

About

Biography

I was born in farm country near Plymouth, Indiana and graduated from a public high school there in 1971. Though most of my professional life has been spent in Louisville, I taught at a small college in Florida for one year before coming to UofL in 1980. I’ve also lived in California, Great Britain and South Korea, and traveled throughout Europe, Asia, and parts of Latin America. Hobbies include music, biking, hiking, pool volleyball, Taekwondo, and raising an energetic boy.

    Honors and Awards

    Hoover Institution National Fellowship, Stanford, 1985-86
    International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, 1987-88
    Distinguished Alumnus, Purdue University, 1991
    Distinguished Research Award, University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences, 1991.
    Senior Fulbright Scholar, Pusan, Korea, 1995.
    Career Achievement Award, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Louisville, 2001-02.
    College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Award for Outstanding Departmental Leadership, 2005-06.
    Listed in Who's Who in America, 1999-present
    University Scholar, University of Louisville, 2007-2012
    Distinguished University Scholar, University of Louisville, 2012-present

    Teaching Areas

    Russia and Eurasia
    Politics of Oil
    Comparative Political Culture
    Theories of Comparative Politics
    Democratization

    Research Areas and Projects

    Comparative Politics
    Political Economy
    Foreign Policy
    Comparative Democratization
    Russia and Eurasia

    Activities

    Executive Director, Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations (since 1990)
    Frequent participant, chair, and discussant at national and international conferences
    Consultant to Eurasian National University, Kazakhstan, on PhD program
    Appointed to 3-year term, Chance School Board of Trustees
    Interviewed by CreationFilms for documentary on Afghanistan war, August 2010.
    Conference presentations:
    “Complexities of Sovereignty: Kosovo, Georgia, and Russian Foreign Policy” American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C., September 5, 2010.
    “China’s Energy Relations with the Global South: The Potential for Great Power Realignment,” Association of Chinese Political Scientists, Endicott College, MA, August 1, 2010.
    Invited to present “China, Russia and Central Asia: Evolving Trends in Politics, Energy and Economics,” at a US Pacific Command/ Central Command workshop on PRC Strategy toward Central Asia, Chantilly, VA, July 15, 2010. Related to evolving US government strategy on Afghanistan.