Rodger A. Payne is the coauthor of Democratizing Global Politics (State University of New York Press, 2004) and the author of more than 35 academic journal articles and book chapters in edited volumes. From 1994-2011, Payne was the Director of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.  During the 2007-2008 academic year and from January 2012 through December 2017 he served as Department Chair. He previously taught at Northwestern University for two years and was a visiting research fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation, and the Program on International Politics, Economics and Security at the University of Chicago. Payne received a Dissertation Fellowship from the International Peace and Security Studies Program co-sponsored by the Social Science Research Council and MacArthur Foundation and was a member of the two-person 1983 National Debate Tournament championship team from the University of Kansas.

Dr. Payne is on sabbatical leave through calendar year 2018.

    Honors and Awards

    College of Arts & Sciences Research Grant, "Can the Military Convince the Public about the Veracity of Climate Science?" 2018-19. With Jason Gainous.

    Center for Asian Democracy, Research Support Fund, 2011-12. “Cooperative Security as US Grand Strategy in the Indian Ocean Region”

    University of Louisville Faculty Favorite, 2005-2008

    Research Fellow, Harvard University, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, 2005.

    President’s Research Initiative (Project Initiation) Grant “Divergent Concepts of World Order and Western Security Cooperation,” 2004-05

    Honorary Kentucky Colonel, Commonwealth of Kentucky, 2004

    College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Research Grants "Environmental Security Frames & Global Climate Change Norms," 1998-99. "Transnational Environmentalism," 1997-98. "Democracy and the Environment," 1994-95.

    President's Research Initiative (Project Completion) Grant "Transnational Environmental Politics," 1995-96.

    Dean's Initiative for Professional Development (junior faculty), College of Arts and Sciences, "Public Opinion and Foreign Policy," 1991-92.

    U.S. Institute for Peace, Faculty Seminar, "Conflict and Peacemaking," Washington, D.C., July 1995.

    Social Science Research Council (SSRC)-MacArthur Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, International Peace and Security Studies, 1987-89.

    Doctoral Fellow, University of Chicago, Program for International Politics, Economics, and Security, (PIPES), 1988-89.

    Visiting Fellow, Stanford University, Center for International Security and Arms Control, 1987-88.

    American Forensics Association, National Debate Champion, 1983. See transcript, "1983 National Debate Tournament Final Debate," Journal of the American Forensics Association, 20 (Summer 1983): 23-61. Edited by John K. Boaz.

    Research Areas and Projects

      American Foreign Policy and Grand Strategy
      Comedic and Satirical Narratives in Global Politics
      Deliberative Democracy
      Global Environmental Politics
      Global Politics and Popular Film
      Nuclear Weapons Policy

        Professional Memberships

          American Political Science Association
          International Studies Association
          Society for American Baseball Research


            Member, University of Louisville Sustainability Council, 2009-present.

            Member, Provost's University-Wide Committee on Socially Responsible Investing, 2010-2011.

            Member, Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation Program Development & Advisory Group, 2010-present.

            Executive Committee, Environmental Studies Section, International Studies Association, 2002-2003 and 2008-2011.

            Member, EVPRI Internal Grants Review Committee, University of Louisville, 2010-present.

            Member, Utility Regulations, Policies and Practices Subcommittee of the Partnership for a Green City's Climate Change Committee, Louisville, KY, 2007-2009.

            Editorial Board, International Studies Perspectives (Blackwell), 2000-2006.