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Rodger A. Payne, Ph.D.

Rodger A. Payne, Ph.D.


  • Chair and Professor, Political Science



  • Second Floor, Room 207
  • Ford Hall, Belknap Campus

Phone Number

  • 502-852-3316

Email Address




Duck of Minerva (group IR blog) 

Climate Politics: IR and the Environment


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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.  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.

Selected Publications

  • "Cooperative Security: Grand Strategy Meets Critical Theory?, 40 Millennium: Journal of International Studies (June 2012), 605-624." Abstract
  • “Neorealists as Critical Theorists: The Purpose of Foreign Policy Debate,” 5 Perspectives on Politics, (September 2007), 503-14." Abstract
  • “The Emerging Consensus for Preventive War,” 48 Survival, (Summer 2006), 115-36. Coauthored with Peter Dombrowski." Abstract  
  • "Persuasion, Frames and Norm Construction," 7 European Journal of International Relations (March 2001), 37-62." Abstract 
  • "The Limits and Promise of Environmental Conflict Prevention; The Case of the GEF" 35 Journal of Peace Research, (May 1998), 363-380." Abstract
  • "Freedom and the Environment" 6 Journal of Democracy, (July 1995): 41-55." Abstract
  • Full list of publications
  • and Google Scholar pages

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. (1989) and M.A. (1987) University of Maryland (College Park), Department of Government and Politics.
  • M.A. (1986) Baylor University, Communication Studies Department.
  • B.G.S. (1983) University of Kansas, Political Science Department (Honors); and Communication Studies Department.

Research Interests

  • Global environmental politics
  • Nuclear nonproliferation
  • American foreign policy and grand strategy
  • Deliberative democracy
  • The democratization of international institutions

Professional Activities

  • Member, University of Louisville Sustainability Council and its Chair of Administration, Finance, and Outreach Committee, 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, Intramural Research Incentives Grant (IRIG) Review Committee, University of Louisville, Spring and Fall 2010; Spring 2011; Spring 2012; Fall 2013.
  • 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.

Honors & Awards

  • 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 of 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.

Professional Memberships

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