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People: Adjunct and Affiliated Faculty

Karen RaslerKaren Rasler

  • Professor, Department of Political Science
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures


  • PhD, Florida State University, 1981 (Political Science)

Research Interests

  • International conflict and cooperation
  • Relative decline of world powers
  • War and statebuilding processes
  • Societal consequences of war
  • Modeling long cycles of war
  • Distribution of power and technological innovations
  • Political violence and internal wars
  • American Foreign Policy

Contact Information

Office: Woodburn Hall 210
Phone: (812) 855-2027

Courses Recently Taught

  • Contentious Politics
  • IR Theory

Publication Highlights

  • War and State Making: The Shaping of Civil Wars, with William R. Thompson. Crows Nest, New South Wales: Unwin Hyman, 1989.
  • The Great Powers and Global Struggle, 1490-1990, with William R. Thompson. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1994.
  • Puzzles of the Democratic Peace: Theory, Geopolitics and the Transformation of World Politics, with William R. Thompson. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
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