Charles E. Ziegler, PhD

Professor & 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, 2007-2012

    A&S Career Award in Service, 2015

    Distinguished University Scholar, 2012-2017

    University Scholar, 2017-2020

    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


    Briefed office of Assistant Secretary for Defense, Pentagon, on Russian-Chinese relations, October 2018.

    Executive Director, Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations (since 1990)

    Frequent participant, chair, and discussant at national and international conferences.

    Conference Presentations

    “The United States and Central Asia: Is Democracy Promotion Passé?” Kentucky Political Science Association, Morehead, KY, March 6-7, 2020.

    “Why Isn’t Russia a Pacific Power?” International Studies Association, Toronto, Canada, March 27, 2019.

    “Russia’s Reaction to U.S. Security Policy in the Trump Administration,” Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies national convention, Boston, December 8, 2018.

    “China-Russia Relations in Energy, Trade and Finance,” National Bureau of Asian Research conference, Washington, D.C., October 10, 2018.

    “Contesting the Security Order in the Pacific: Does Russia Have a Role?” International Studies Association annual convention, San Francisco, April 7, 2018.