Curriculum Vitae

Mary E. Pettenger

Department of Politics, Policy & Administration
Western Oregon University
345 Monmouth Ave. / Monmouth, OR 97361 / (503) 838-8301


Ph.D., University of Denver, International Studies, Korbel School of International Studies, 2000. Dissertation – A Small State Constructing a Lead Role: the Netherlands and Climate Change (Dr. Jack Donnelly, dissertation chair). Research concentrations: International Politics, Global Conflict/National Security, and International Organization(s).

M.A., University of Denver, International Studies, GSIS, 1993. Thesis: “NATO and American Foreign Policy: Redefining the Need for NATO and Redesigning the Organization.”

Graduate Student Exchange, University of Tübingen, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Tübingen, Germany, Spring 1992.

B.A., Whitman College, Political Science, 1988.  Honors Thesis: “The Challenge of the Reagan Doctrine”


Professor, Western Oregon University, Department of Politics, Policy and Administration, 2013-present.

Courses taught:

  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Model United Nations
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Government and Politics  of Europe
  • Political Ideologies
  • Government and Politics of Asia
  • Gender and Public Policy
  • International Organization
  • International Law
  • International Environmental Politics
  • Environmental Politics
  • Political Fiction and Film
  • Causes of War
  • Conflict and Conflict Resolution
  • Human Rights
  • National Security

Associate Professor, Western Oregon University, Department of Political Science, 2007-2013.

Assistant Professor, Western Oregon University, Department of Political Science, 2003-2007.

Adjunct Faculty, University of Nebraska-Omaha, appointments in the Department of Political Science, Continuing Studies, and Geography Department, Spring 2000-Spring 2003.

Instructor, Metropolitan Community College, Political Science, Omaha, NE, 1999-2003.

Instructor, Metropolitan State College, Political Science Dept., Denver, CO, Fall 1994.

Teaching Assistant, University of Denver, Geography Department and GSIS, 1992-1994.


Pettenger, Mary, ed., (2007), The Social Construction of Climate Change. London: Ashgate Publishing.
            Including Book Chapters:
Pettenger, Mary, (2007) “The Netherlands Climate Change Policy: Constructing Themselves/Constructing Climate Change”

Pettenger, Mary, (2007) “Introduction” in The Social Construction of Climate Change.

Cass, Loren and Pettenger, Mary (2007), “Conclusion” in The Social Construction of Climate Change.

Book Chapters
Suechting, Peter and Mary Pettenger (2022), “International enviornmental regimes: formation, effectiveness, trends and challenges”in P. Harris, ed., Routledge Handbook of International Environmental Politics, 2nd ed., London: Routledge.

Pettenger, Mary (2017), “Framing Climate Security” in A. Burke & R. Parker, eds., The Globalisation of Insecurity: Challenges for Global Governance, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Pettenger, Mary (2013) “International environmental regimes: formation, effectiveness and trends” in P. Harris, ed., Routledge Handbook of International Environmental Politics, London: Routledge.

Pettenger, Mary, Douglas West and Niki Young (2013) “Assessing the Impact of Role Playing Simulations on Learning in Canadian and US Classrooms” International Studies Perspectives.

Plec, Emily and Mary Pettenger (2012) “Green Expertise: ExxonMobil’s didactic framing of  advanced biofuels”, Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 4: 459-476.

Pettenger, Mary, “Climate Change Role Play Simulation Resources,” ICUN Academy of Environmental Law, <>

Book Reviews
Pettenger, Mary, (2003) “Making the Environment Matter: the Search for Possibilities,” Book Review in International Politics, 40, June (2), of Mol, Arthur P.J. Globalization and Environmental Reform: The Ecological Modernization of the Global Economy, Luterbacher, Urs and Detlef Sprinz, eds. International Relations and Global Climate Change, and Harris, Paul G., ed. The Environment, International Relations, and U.S. Foreign Policy.

Pettenger, Mary, (2000) “Bridging the Domestic/International Divide: Learning from Acid Rain Policy,” Book Review in International Politics, 38, December (4) of Arild Underdal and Kenneth Hanf, eds., International Environmental Agreements and Domestic Politics: The Case of Acid Rain, Ashgate Publishing Ltd. 2001.

Article Referee/Book Reviewer
Global Environmental Change, Polar Geography, Continuum Press, Routledge Press, Cambridge University Press, Ashgate Publishing, Simulation and Gaming, Westview Press, Global Environmental Politics, Cambridge Review of International Studies, International Studies Quarterly, Evidence and Policy Journal.

In Progress
Pettenger, Mary, and Douglas West, Civic Literacy and Engagement in Environmental Sustainability: Comparative Experiences in Canada and the United States

Pettenger, Mary, “Why Do We Choose to Fight? Connecting with the Student through Film and Literature”

Peer-reviewed Conference Papers and Roundtable Participation
“”How to MUN in the Virtual World: while living in the real world” and “Civic Engagement in the Zoomiverse – some lessons, thoughts and future plans”, International Studies Association, Online, April 2021.

“Democratic Resilience and Effective Civic Engagement”, co-authored with Dr. Douglas West, Canadian Political Science Association, June 2019.

“Civic Engagement in the Classroom and Environmental Policymaking”, co-authored with Dr. Douglas West, American Political Science Association – Teaching and Learning Conference, Philadelphia, PA, February 2014.

“Culture, Learning Styles and Learning”, co-authored with Dr. Judy Krutky, International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA, April 2013.

“Cultural Values and a Role-Playing Simulation: Design and Assessment Model for a Climate Change Treaty Negotiation”, co-authored with Dr. Niki Young and Dr. Douglas West, Joint British International Studies Association – ISA Conference, Edinburgh Scotland, June 2012.

“Abandoning Mitigation, Embracing Adaptation: A Shift in the Netherlands’ Climate Change Policy”, International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, San Diego, March 2012.

Invited Workshop Participant, “Think Globally, Teach Locally? Active Teaching and Learning in Cross-National Perspective” ISA Catalytic Grant Workshop. ISA Annual Convention, San Diego. Paper presented: “Mini-case study of Western Oregon University”, March 2012.

“Selling Green: How Green is Exxon Mobil’s Framing of Alternative Energy?”, ISA Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA, February 16-18, 2010.

Innovative Panel Co-Chair, “Delivering International Studies Online: How to Create an Effective Online Learning Environment” Co-organized an onsite-training for 50 participants on resources and benefits of teaching international studies online. Designed a Moodle page and resources for participants. ISA Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA, February 16-18, 2010.

Invited Roundtable Participant “Simulations and International Relations,” ISA Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA, February 16-18, 2010.

“Why do we choose to fight? Connecting with the Student through Film and Literature”, ISA Annual Convention, New York, NY, February 15-18, 2009.

Innovative Panel Co-chair, “The Climate is Changing: Simulating Climate Change Negotiations in the Classroom”, ISA Annual Convention, 2009.

Roundtable Participant, “Pedagogical Lessons for Teaching International Organizations: The Benefits and Limitations of Model UN as a Teaching Tool”, ISA Annual Convention 2009.

“Applications for Learning Styles for Classroom Instruction”, Active Learning Pedagogical Session, ISA Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA, March 26-29, 2008.

“The Future of the Netherlands Climate Change Policy” and Panel Chair/Panel Proposal, ISA Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, February 28-March 2, 2007.

Invited Roundtable Participant, “Model UN as a Teaching Tool”, ISA Annual Convention 2007.

“Simulating an International Climate Change Treaty”, and Panel Proposal, ISA Annual Convention, San Diego, CA, March 22-25, 2006.

“The Netherlands’ Climate Change Policy: Touchstone or Lead Weight?” and Panel Chair, ISA Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI, March 2-5, 2005.

“The Social Construction of Climate Change” and Panel Chair, ISA Annual Convention, Portland, OR, February 25-March 1, 2003.

“Consensus Policymaking and the Dutch Environmental Model” ISA Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA, March 24-27, 2002.

“Exploring Role Construction: The Case of the Netherlands and Climate Change” Association of American Geographers, Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Conference, September 27-29, 2001.

“A Small State Constructing a Lead Role: The Netherlands and Climate Change” Western Political Science Association Conference, March 14-16, 2001.

“Constructing Environmental Roles: Tracing the Roots of the Netherlands’ Environmental Policy” 1999 International Studies Association Mid-west Conference October 8-10, 1999.

“The Netherlands and Global Warming: Exploring the Role of Small States” The University of Nebraska-Omaha 22nd Annual European Studies Conference, October 2-4, 1997.

Honors and Achievements

WOU Faculty Development Award, Major Research Grant, $2500, 2011

Project CONNECT Summer Institute Fellow, Ottawa Canada, 2010

International Canadian Studies Institute (ICSI) Fellow, Alberta Canada 2007

Dissertation Research Grant, GSIS

Social Science Foundation (GSIS) Building Scholarship

Graduate Research Assistant for Dean Tom Rowe, 1990-1992

Graduate Research Assistant for Associate Dean Karen Feste, 1994-1996

Graduate Teaching Assistantship, 1992-1994

U.S. Delegate, Danish Atlantic Council-NATO Youth Seminar, Aalborg, Denmark,
August 1991

Intercollegiate Varsity Volleyball, Whitman College, 1984-1987, Most Inspirational
Player, 1985

Whitman College, Honors in Major Study and at Entrance

Invited Participant, DAAD Interdisciplinary Seminar, University of Washington, October 1986



  • Model United Nations of the Far West, Inc., Executive Board
    • Membership Chair, 2007-2009 / Vice President of Communications 2009-present
  • ALIAS (Active Learning in International Affairs) Section – International Studies Association, Website Co-Editor, 2011-13, President of Section, 2010-11, Program Chair / Vice President 2009-10, Section Secretary, 2006-2009
  • United Nations Day Chair 2008, 2009 and 2010, State of Oregon, appointed by Governor Kulongoski
  • ISA Misty Gerner Teaching Award Committee member, 2007-11
  • United Nations Association-USA Oregon Chapter, Executive Board Member, 2006-8; Education Committee member, 2003-2007, 2009-2011


  • Co-coordinator, International Studies Major/Minor, 2007-present
  • Chair, Department of Political Science, 2004-5, 2012-14
  • Advisor, Model United Nations Club, WOU, 2003-2009, 2015-present
  • Co-Director of Environmental Studies Minor, 2013-2017.


  • Social Science Division Chair, 2018-present
  • Social Science Symposium, 2003-2005, 2007-9, and 2011-13
  • Personnel Review Committee 2009-11, 2013-15
  • Curriculum Committee member 2005-7


  • ACE Learner Success Lab, team member, 2020-present
  • WOU Advising Taskforce, 2020
  • Joint Committee on Course Evaluation, 2013-present (Chair 2015-present)
  • Wolf Pride Committee, co-coordinator, 2021
  • Who’s Who and Dewey/Smith Campus Committee member 2004-2006, 2017-present
  • University Liaison/Associate for the United States Atlantic Council, 2004-2010
  • International Education and Service Committee, 2011-2013
  • Canadian Studies – WOU representative at Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium (February 2012), assisted with Canada Week, 2008-2011
  • WOU Prof Chat faculty volunteer, 2008-2015, 2018-present
  • WOUFT/AFT Union Bargaining Team member, 2008-09, 2014-2018
  • Faculty Development Committee, 2007-2010
  • Safe Zone Committee member, 2006-2011

Community Service

  • West Linn Wilsonville School District, Long Range Planning & Bond Oversight Committee, 2020-present
  • Wilsonville [Oregon] Public Library Foundation Board, Director, 2009-2015
  • USFIRST Robotics, Oregon University System sponsored program,
    Team Mentor, Wilsonville High School, FIRST Robotics Competition team, 2013,
    Team Coach for First Lego League, 2009, 2010, 2011 (2 teams)

Invited Lectures / Interviews

  • WOU Arctic Symposium, “Arctic Security”, February 2010.
  • Capital Manor (Salem OR) Speaker Series, “Climate Change from a Geopolitical Perspective – Political Ownership of the Arctic”, May 3, 2010.
  • Salem, Oregon, Statesman Journal, interview on the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama, October 2009.
  • United Nations Association-Salem Chapter, UN Day 2008, UN Day Chair announcement and presentation on WOUMUN club activities, October 25, 2008.
  • WOU Evening Forum on Values, Science and Religion “Shouting and Silenced: the voice of equity in the climate change debate,” June 2007
  • Oregon State University “Engineers Without Borders” lecture on the United Nations and volunteer opportunities, May 2007.
  • United Nations Association-Rose Villa Chapter, Portland on “The United Nations and its Peacekeeping and Peacemaking Roles,” January 2007.
  • Salem, Oregon, Statesman Journal, interviewed for an article in the on the future of U.S. Immigration policy, January 2007.
  • Pacific Fisheries Management Council, speech on the “Protection of Sea turtles off the coast of Oregon and California”, Seattle, WA, March 2006.
  • League of Women Voters/United Nations Association-Salem, presentation on “Peacekeeping, Peacemaking, and Peacebuilding: the Role of the United Nations in Lebanon and Sudan”, September 2006.
  • Oregon Legislature Ways and Means Committee, speech on budget allocation for higher education, May 2005.
  • College Model United Nations overview, UNA-USA Oregon Chapter Annual Board meeting, October 2004.
  • Student Democrats Club of WOU, speech on the 2004 presidential election, October 2004.
  • Salem, Oregon, Statesman Journal, interviewed for an article regarding the 2004 Presidential Debates, October 2004.

Professional Associations

  • International Studies Association (1991-present)
  • American Political Science Association (1995-present)
  • United Nations Association of the USA (2003-present)
  • Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (2011-2015)


Dutch (oral fluency, written competency)

German (oral and written competency)