I am a professor of politics and global studies at Drexel University, specializing in international relations. My primary areas of research include international organizations, international finance, development and human rights. I have published three books; on how U.N. agencies design and implement human rights policies, on the ability of international organizations to act independently on the international stage, and on the rights-based approach to development in India. I have also published on the rights of indigenous peoples, the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, and on the goals and impact of anti-globalization movements, among other topics. Classes that I have taught include courses on international relations theory and practice, United States foreign policy and ethical issues in international affairs.
My current research continues my interest in international organizations (IOs) and human rights. A 2014 article in the journal Global Governance, and a new book from Oxford University Press, look at the link between development and human rights in India. I am grateful to the Fulbright Foundation for having funded that research. I am also researching human rights and development issues related to Nepal, and the World Bank’s “Equity Agenda.”
I serve as Director of the Global Studies major at Drexel University.
When not teaching, reading or writing, I enjoy rowing on the Schuylkill River and am a member of the Vesper Boat Club.