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.

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.