Nicholas Rowland is an associate professor of sociology at the Pennsylvania State University. I have been a visiting scholar at
Technische Universität Berlin as well as Princeton University. I got my Ph.D. from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, Department of Sociology in the Sociology of Technology with a minor study in Cultural Studies. Above all, I see myself as a “teacher-scholar” and share the view that teaching, research, and service, when carefully coupled, are synergistic endeavors.

For the most recent work, please see me here at my page.

Click here or here for a new paper. My German collaborator and I just published a piece in Qualitative Sociology about how to deal with reflexivity when writing-up scientific accounts ... it is a bit unorthodox, though.

As of August 2013, I became a reviewer for
Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO) – Vlaanderen. Research Foundation Flanders, Humanities. Brussels, Belgium

Click here to read a forthcoming piece about non-religion authored with undergraduate researchers.

Click here to read about some teaching tips inspired by Father Guido Sarducci that will be part of a book about higher education.

Click here to check out a recent and unorthodox book review written with an undergraduate, Alexander B. Kinney.

Click here to check out a forthcoming book chapter about who or what is "acting" in international relations.

Click here to read my paper about an actor-network approach to state theory.

Click here to read and hear about my commitment to mentoring on my National Public Radio's "This I Believe."

I was also interviewed by Wes Culp for an on-line journalism site about local professionals; read it here.

At Penn State, my teaching responsibilities include: Introductory Sociology, Social Problems, Social Theory, Social Change, and Contemporary Topics in Science, Technology, and Society.

Each spring I also team teach a core course in Environmental Studies, Environmental Research Methods, and have recently contributed to an innovative new course on preparing interns for internships (INTSP 370). In addition, I routinely offer independent study credit (SOC 294 & 296 or SOC 494 & 496) to students serving as research or teaching assistants or those interested in conducting their own research projects as part of the Social Science Research Lab.

I am the primary contributor for an undergraduate research blog where we reflect on issues facing undergraduate researchers and our students occasionally contribute.

I am now one of the main contributors to the blog "Installing (Social) Order" along with a number of European scholars, mainly Germans and among them is Jan-Hendrik Passoth who I've been collaborating with since 2005.

I was a guest blogger for over the 2010 summer months; check out this post on the 'agora' concept or this one on the social significance of non-events.