School of Government and International Affairs

Thomas Rotnem

Associate Director, School of Government and International Affairs
Professor of Political Science

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
Social Sciences Building (SO 402), Room 5038
Phone: 470-578-6908


Dr. Rotnem is a professor of political science in the PSIA Department, teaching courses in international relations, political economy, comparative politics, and Eurasian politics.

Dr. Rotnem earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Ohio State University, as well as a Graduate Certificate as Specialist in Russian Area Studies. In addition, he has earned a M.B.A. (in Finance) from Georgia State University.

He has received four teaching awards, including “Teacher of the Year” in 2011-2012. Pursuing research interests in the political economy of oil/gas markets in Eurasia, Sino-Russian relations, and Russia’s Arctic policies, he has benefited from grants or fellowships from a variety of sources, including from the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Education, the Social Science Research Council, the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies. In 2010 he spent a semester abroad in Riga, Latvia as a Fulbright scholar. Beyond his teaching and research interests, Dr. Rotnem has recently served as the President of the Georgia Political Science Association.