Laura Roselle

Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies
Gray Pavilion - Pol. Science 210B
2333 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-6433

Brief Biography

Having studied the role of the media in politics for more than two decades, Roselle specializes in international political communication. She earned undergraduate degrees in math, computer science and Russian from Emory University where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

She worked as an intern at the Carter Center during her undergraduate studies, and later continued her work with the Carter Center as assistant director of the program on Soviet Media and International Communication. Roselle holds a master’s degree and doctorate in political science from Stanford University, where she served as a teaching assistant to Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State.

Roselle is a major figure among international scholars of political communication, having recently completed a term as president of the International Communication Section of the International Studies Association. She is the immediate past President of the Information Technology and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.  She is the co-editor of a new book series: Routledge Studies in Global Information, Politics and Society.

Roselle has published articles and book reviews in leading journals, including the Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, and in the American Behavioral Scientist. Her edited volumes include books on media and democracy and media and elections.  Her current work is on strategic narratives and international relations. Strategic Narratives: Communication Power and the New World Order, written with co-authors Alister Miskimmon and Ben O'Loughlin was published in November 2013.  She also has contributed written testimony to The House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power and the U.K.’s Influence;

In 2006, she published Media and the Politics of Failure: Great Powers, Communication Strategies, and Military Defeats. This work was chosen as a Choice outstanding title and was re-issued with updated chapters in 2011.  In 2007 (2011, 2nd ed.), she collaborated with fellow Elon professor Sharon Spray to publish Research and Writing in International Relations, a supplementary text for students studying international relations and comparative politics.

Roselle was named Elon University Distinguished Scholar in 2009 and was chosen as a Senior Faculty Fellow for 2011-2013.


Ph.D., Political Science, Stanford University, 1993

M.A., Political Science, Stanford University, 1986

B.A., Math/Computer Science and Russian, Emory University, 1985, Phi Beta Kappa

Courses Taught

POL Senior Seminar

INT Senior Seminar

Political Communication

Media and War

Media and the Cold War (Honors)

Political Inquiry

International Relations & Comparative Politics

Leadership Positions

Co-Editor, Book Series, Routledge Studies in Global Information, Politics and Society

Co-Editor , Media, War, and Conflict

Chair, Nominating Committee of the Political Communication Section, American Political Science Association

Immediate past President, Information Technology & Politics Section, American Political Science Association

Editorial Board, Journal of Public Affairs

Current Projects

* Turnage Family Faculty Innovation and Creativity Fund for the Study of Political Communication 

* Edited volume on strategic narratives with Alister Miskimmon and Ben O'Loughlin (Royal Holloway, London)

* Strategic narratives and environmental policy with Sharon Spray (Elon)



“Strategic Narratives: A New Means to Understand Soft Power.” With Alister Miskimmon and Ben O’Loughlin. Media, War and Conflict 7:1 (2014): 70-84.

Strategic Narratives: Communication Power and the New World Order, With Alister Miskimmon and Ben O'Loughlin. Routledge, 2013

 “Polarizing Patriots: Divergent Responses to Patriotic Imagery in News Coverage of Terrorism.” With Gelpi Christopher and Brooke Barnett. American Behavioral Scientist. 57:1 (2013): 8-45. (online 2012)

Research and Writing in International Relations, 2nd ed. With Sharon Spray. New York: Longman, 2011.

Media and the Politics of Failure: Great Powers, Communication Strategies, and Military Defeats. New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2006. Choice Outstanding Title.  2011, paperback with updated chapters.

“Are They Ready for Their Close-Up? Civil Servants and Their Portrayal in Contemporary American Cinema.” Coauthor Michelle C. Pautz. Public Voices. 11:1 (2010): 8-23.

"Foreign Policy and Communication." The International Studies Encyclopedia. Denemark, Robert A. ed., Blackwell Publishing. Blackwell Reference Online. 31 March 2010.

“Global Politics and Global Issues:  Where Do You Fit?” Coauthors Robert Anderson and Kerstin Sorensen. Global Experience: Becoming a Responsible World Citizen.
Ed. Thomas Arcaro and Rosemary Haskell, Boston, MA: Pearson, 2009.

 “Beyond Reflection Through an Academic Lens:  Refraction and International Experiential Education.” Coauthor Monica Pagano. Frontiers. 18(Fall) 2009, 217-229.

“Journalism & Terrorism Across the Atlantic: A Qualitative Content Analysis of CNN and BBC Coverage of 9/11 and 7/7.” Coauthors Brooke Barnet, Amy Reynolds, and Sarah Oates. Feedback. 49:6 (November 2008): 29-43.

“Patriotism in the News: ‘Rally Round the Flag.’” Coauthor Brooke Barnett. Electronic News. 2:1 (2008): 1-21.


“Strategic Narratives and Alliance Behavior: Fear of Entrapment and Abandonment During Protracted Conflict.” Media, War & Conflict: Fifth Anniversary Conference, New Political Communication Unit, Department of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London, April 2013.

“Cultural Identity Narratives in the International Studies Senior Seminar.” International Studies Association – South, Charlotte, NC, October 2013.

“Strategic Narratives and Great Powers." British International Studies Association and the International Studies Association Joint International Conference. 20-22 June 2012, Edinburgh Scotland.

Giving Credit When Credit is Due? The Death of Osama bin Laden and Credit Giving in the US House of Representatives” With Mileah Kromer. Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting. 12-13 January, 2012, New Orleans, LA.

“Partisan Patriots: The Impact of Patriotic Flag Imagery and Partisan News Outlets on American Public Opinion Toward Foreign Policy,” With Christopher Gelpi and Brooke Barnett. International Sudies Association Annual Conference, 16-19 March, 2011, Montreal, Canada.

“Strategic Narratives, Human Security, and Climate Change,” With Sharon Spray. International Sudies Association Annual Conference, 16-19 March, 2011, Montreal, Canada.

Roundtable Participant, “What’s in a Name? Approaching the Study of Culture in International Relations,” International Sudies Association Annual Conference, 16-19 March, 2011, Montreal, Canada.

“Strategic Narratives and Environmental Security: Great Power Stories about International Cooperation on Environmental Issues.” Paper prepared for the International Studies Association – South 2010 Annual Conference, 22-23 October, 2010, St. Pete Beach, Florida.

"Who is With Us? Strategic Narratives about Partners during Protracted War.” Paper prepared for the European Council on Political Research – Standing Group on International Relations, September 8-11, 2010, Stockholm, Sweden.

"Strategic Narratives of War: Media Stories about Partners During Protracted Conflicts." Paper prepared for the American Political Science Association Meeting, September 2-5, 2010, Washington, D.C.


Elon Senior Faculty Fellow - 2011-2013

Elon University Distinguished Scholar 2009