Charles E. Ziegler, PhD

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



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

    A&S Career Award in Service, 2015

    Teaching Areas

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

    Research Areas and Projects

    Comparative Politics
    Political Economy
    Foreign Policy
    Comparative Democratization
    Russia and Eurasia


    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.