Dr. Rotnem’s research has focused special attention upon the democratization and “resource curse” literatures in comparative politics and international political economy.  He has published papers and articles on a variety of subjects, including social welfare policies in transitioning economies, foreign direct investment in emerging markets, and the politics of oil and natural gas in resource-rich petro-states.  Dr. Rotnem recently published a chapter in an edited volume on Sino-Russian engagement in Northeast Asia, a region of particular and on-going interest in his work.  In recent months he has been undertaking archival research concerning Russia's Arctic interests in the late Putin era.

Receiving grants from a variety of sources has enabled Dr. Rotnem to carry on much of the aforementioned scholarly work.  In the past, he has received grants and/or fellowships 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), the American Council for Collaboration in Education and Language Study/American Council for Teachers of Russian (ACCELS/ACTR), and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.