“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.” – Samuel Johnson

Books and Monographs

Prior, S. Armstrong, R., and Rowan F. (2006) Weathering the Storm: Leading Your Organization Through a Pandemic. Center for Technology and National Security Policy, the National Defense University, Washington, D.C.

Prior, S., Rowan F. and Saathoff, G. (eds) (2002). What is to be done? Emerging Perspectives on Public Responses to Bioterrorism, Critical Incident Analysis Group of the University of Virginia Medical School, Charlottesville, VA.

Rowan, F., Donovan, E., and Peasley, S. (1991). Crisis Prevention, Management and Communication, National Association of Manufacturers, Washington, D.C.

Rowan, F. (1984). Broadcast Fairness: Doctrine, Practice, Prospects: A Reappraisal of the Fairness Doctrine and Equal Time Rule, Longman, New York.

Rowan, F. (1978). TechnoSpies: Computers, Liberty and Privacy, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York.


Articles, Chapters and Papers

Rowan, F. (2018) “Forgiveness and Healing in Prison,” Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology. July 2018, Vol. 72, No. 3, pp 293-303.

Rowan, F. (2016) Kairos in Maryland, in William Barnwell, Called to Heal the Brokenhearted: Stories from the Kairos Prison Ministry, University Press of Mississippi.

Rowan, F. (2015) “Reentry after Prison,” in Jim Mitcham (ed.) Because God Loves Them Too. Street Reentry Program of Maryland.

Rowan, F. (2009) “Deception and Trust in Health Crises,” in Brooke Harrington (ed.) Deception: From Ancient Empires to Internet Dating, Stanford University Press.

Prior, S., Rowan F. and Saathoff, G. (2003). “Foundations of Shielding: Responding to Bioterrorism,” International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, Vol. 4, pp. 235-238.

Rowan, F. (2003). “Public Participation and Risk Communication in a Bioterror Attack,” International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, Vol. 4, pp. 253-258.

Rowan, F (2003). foreword to Jonathan Moreno, In the Wake of Terror: Medicine and Morality in a Time of Crisis, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Tardiff, R.G. and Rowan, F (2002). “Dealing with Chemical and Bioterrorism at the Corporate Level: A Central Role for Risk Analysis,” Inside EPA’s Risk Policy Report, Vol. 9, No. 4.

Critical Incident Analysis Group (2001). Public Responsibility and Mass Destruction: Facing the Threat of Bioterrorism, University of Virginia, Charlottesville. (contributed on media coverage of terrorism).

The Annapolis Center for Science-Based Public Policy (1999). Epidemiology in Decision Making, Annapolis, MD. (contributed on use of scientific data in litigation).

Rowan, F. (1999). “Communicating Effectively in Environmental Litigation,” Environmental Counselor, Business Laws Inc., Chesterland, Ohio.

Rowan, F. (1998). “Managing the Corporate Crisis when a Company is Prosecuted,” American Law Institute – American Bar Association, Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Laws, Washington, D.C.

Rowan, F. (1997). “Communications Challenges in Sexual Harassment Litigation,” in American Bar Association – National Institute on Sexual Harassment, A Multi-Disciplinary View of the New Generation of Sexual Harassment Policies and Procedures, Chicago.

Rowan, F. (1997). “Communicating Effectively in Environmental Litigation,” American Law Institute – American Bar Association, Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Laws, Washington, D.C.

Rowan, F. (1997). “Multicultural Crisis Management: Strengthening Corporate Community Relations in High Risk Areas,” Paper for the U.S. Mideast Policymakers Conference, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, Lexington, Virginia.

Rowan, F. (1996). “The High Stakes of Risk Communication,” Preventive Medicine Vol. 25.

Rowan, F. (1993). “Approaches to Public Communication of Risk Issues,” Paper for the Biotechnology Risk Workshop of Health Canada, Hull, Quebec.

Rowan, F. (1988). “The Reality of Risk; the Voice of Fear,” in Honeycutt, R.C., ed., Regulation of Pesticides: Science, Law and the Media, Government Institutes Inc., Rockville, MD.

Waite, B.L., and Rowan, F. (1986). “International Communications Law, Part II: Satellite Regulation and the Space WARC,” The International Lawyer Vol. 20, No. 1, p. 341.

Rowan, F., and Waite, B.L. (1985). “International Communications Law, Part I: Maitland Commission, Economic Development and the United States,” The International Lawyer Vol. 19, No. 4, p. 1339.

Rowan, F. (1985). “The Press and Technology,” in K. S. Collins, ed., Responsibility and Freedom in the Press: Are They in Conflict? Citizens Choice National Commission on a Free and Responsible Media, Washington, D.C.

Rowan, F. (1982). “The New Technology and the News,” in Marvin Barrett (ed.) Broadcast Journalism: The Eighth Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University Survey, Everest House, New York.

Rowan, F. (1980). “News Media Responsibility – A Program for Improvement,” Willamette Law Review, Vol. 17, No. 1.


Presentations, Speeches and Conference Reports

“Uncertainty, Disunity and Injustice,” International Dialogue Initiative podcast, July 17, 2020.

“Racial Trauma: A Dialogue on How We Can Heal,” Episcopal Diocese of Maryland podcast, May 31, 2020.

“Beyond Isolation, Returning to an Undistanced Workplace During COVID-19,” University of Maryland Global Campus webinar, May 12, 2020.

“Surfing the Next Wave of the Coronavirus Pandemic,” Forum on Combating Global Coronavirus: From Isolation to International Cooperation, International Law Institute webinar, March 26, 2020.

“The Single Most Important First Step to Deal with the Pandemic, Trauma, Drug Addiction, and Mass Incarceration,” Forum at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Annapolis, February 23, 2020.

“How Veterans Can Address Political Polarization: Emphasize Suicide Prevention,” Presentation at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, November 13, 2019.

“Betrayal and Insult; How President Trump Dealt with the Kurds and Turks,” International Dialogue Initiative conference, Vienna, November 2, 2019.

“Who Is My Neighbor?” Sermon at St. Anne’s Church in Annapolis on the crisis of refugees and migrants at the Southern border. July 14, 2019.

“What Greek Tragedies Teach Us About Dying,” Comments on the panel at the Theatre of War on End of Life at SNF Agora Institute of Johns Hopkins University, April 13, 2019.

“Fake News and Real Trauma.” International Dialogue Initiative Conference, Vienna, Austria, October 19, 2018.

“An Introduction to Disinformation and Weaponizing of Social Media,” International Dialogue Initiative Conference, Vienna, Austria, December 10, 2017.  

“Mourning a New World Order?” International Dialogue Initiative Conference, Berlin, Germany, December 3, 2016.

“Globalization and Political Polarization:  The Impact on Boundaries” International Dialogue Initiative Conference, Oxford University, October 1, 2015.

“Interests and Emotions: The Dialogue between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland,” International Psychoanalytical Association Annual Congress, Boston, MA, July 24, 2015.

“Jihad, Just War and Other Barriers to Peacemaking in the Middle East,” International Dialogue Initiative conference, Ankara, Turkey.  October 3, 2013.

“Challenges for Reconciliation,” Conference on “Unfinished Business: An International Initiative to Promote Community Peace in Northern Ireland,” Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland. June 11, 2013.

“Prison Reform Priorities,” Interfaith conference on “Re-entry: Beyond the Bars and Barriers,” Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.  April 19-20, 2013.

“Making Room for the ‘Least of These’,” Presentation at Washington National Cathedral Forum, May 20, 2012.

“Public Health Pandemic Update,” Report of the National Center for Critical Incident Analysis, February 3, 2011.

“American Attitudes about Muslims, Terrorism and Disputes in the Middle East,” Presentation at the International Symposium on Terrorism, Antalya, Turkey 2010.

“Swine Flu Challenges Citizens to Act,” Report of the National Center for Critical Incident Analysis, January 2009.

“Addressing Intractable Religious Conflict in the Middle East,” Presentation at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 2008.

“Accuracy, Ethics and Action: A Critique of Responses to Public Health Emergencies,” National Governors Association.  Presentations at a series of workshops in Atlanta, St. Louis, Washington and New Orleans, 2007.

“The Perception of Islam in the United States,” Presentation to the Psychopolitical Association of Turkey, Ankara, 2007.

“Lessons from Media Coverage of Katrina, SARS and the Anthrax Attacks.” Nieman Conference on Health Crises, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass, 2006.

The Middle East Conflict and the Media.”  International Center for Terrorism Studies and the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Arlington, VA, 2006.

From the Flood to the Flu: Learning from Disasters to Prepare for the Future.” Presentation at ORC Executive Business Forum, Fort Lauderdale, 2006.

Building Trust: the Experience after Katrina.” Comments to American Board of Industrial Health, Denver, Colorado, 2005.

Homeland Security: Coping with Natural and Man-Made Disasters.”  International Center for Terrorism Studies and the International Law Institute, Washington, DC, 2005.

Applying the Lessons of Katrina to Prepare for a Pandemic Influenza Presentation to American Society of Safety Engineers, College Park, Maryland, 2005.

“Coping with Natural Disasters from the Flood to the Flu.” National Defense University Symposium of the National Center for Critical Incident Analysis, 2005.

“Pandemic Influenza: Nature’s Bioterrorism Threat.  Report of the National Center for Critical Incident Analysis, 2005.

News Reporting in a Crisis: Lessons from Katrina.”  Foundation for American Communication, Atlanta, Georgia, 2005.

“Political Violence and the Lessons from the Madrid Bombings,” Presentation at the Conference on the Political and Psychological Impact of Terrorism, National Defense University, National Center for Critical Incident Analysis, 2004.

“Terrorism and the Impact of Public Perception,” Presentation at the Cantigny Conference on “The Role of the Military in Securing the Homeland,” Co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security, 2003.

“Leadership in Today’s Crisis,” Presentation at the Mobius Forum on Leadership, Values and Spirituality at the Harvard Business School, 2003.

“Recovery and Resilience in the Wake of the Columbia Disaster,” Presentation at the Johnson Space Center, NASA Contractors Safety Forum, 2003.

“Developing Public/Private Partnerships to Protect the Homeland,” Presentation at the Brookings Institution in Washington (co-sponsored by Organizational Resources Counselors) 2002.

“Crisis Management in an Age of Terrorism,” Presentation at the Johnson Space Center, NASA Contractors Safety Forum, 2002.

“Media Attention During a Crisis,” Presentation at the FBI Symposium on Workplace Violence, Leesburg, Virginia, 2002.

“Safety Is Not The Same As Feeling Safe.” Presentation for the American Society of Safety Engineers, Dallas, 2002.

“Managing the Unexpected Crisis in the Wake of September 11th,” Presentation for the Conference Board, Baltimore, 2001.

“Crisis Management: Protecting Corporate Reputation,” Presentation for the Conference Board, New Orleans, 2001.

“Emergency Preparedness and Community Relations,” Presentation for the American Petroleum Institute, Houston, Texas, 2000.

“Public Civility in the Media Age,” Presentation at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 1999.

“When the News Media Call, What Do You Say?” Products Liability Seminar, Defense Research Institute, New Orleans, 1998.

“Selecting Impartial Juries: Media Coverage and the Search for Justice,” Presentation at the Annenberg Washington Program, 1990.

“Violence on Television: The Simon Proposal,” Presentation at the Annenberg Washington Program, 1990.

“Risk Perception and Food Safety,” Address to the Northwest Food Processors Association, Seattle, 1990.

“Nuclear Terrorism: A Hypothetical Scenario,” Workshop on Terrorism and the Media, The Annenberg Washington Program and the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security, 1989.

“Balancing Growth and the Environment,” Presentation to the California Public Affairs Forum, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, 1989.

“Challenges Facing the Insurance Industry: Risk Perception and Liability,” Presentation to a conference sponsored by Coopers and Lybrand, New York City, 1989.

“Perception and Reality: Pharmaceutical and Environmental Risks,” Address to the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, Alexandria, VA, 1989.

“Public Opinion, Economic Growth and Environmental Concern,” Presentation to the Industrial Research Development Council, St. Louis, 1989.

“Communicating Medical Risks,” Presentation to the Health Industry Manufacturers Association, Washington, D.C., 1989.

“Biotechnology and Risk Communication: An Evaluation of the National Research Council Recommendations,” Address to the Agricultural Council of America, Washington, D.C., 1989.

“The News Media and the First Amendment,” Presentation at a panel on the right to privacy versus the right to inform, Direction 81, Tulane University, New Orleans, 1981.