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Joel Oestreich

Joel Oestreich, PhD

Director Global Studies Major
Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages
Department of Politics
Office: 2024 MacAlister
Phone: 215.895.6794


  • BA, magna cum laude, History and Government, Cornell University, 1987
  • MPhil, International Relations, Oxford University, 1990
  • PhD, Political Science, Brown University, 2001

Curriculum Vitae:

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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.”

When not teaching, reading or writing, I enjoy rowing on the Schuylkill River and am a member of the Vesper Boat Club.

Selected Publications:

  • "Sexual orientation and gender identity in Nepal: Rights promotion through UN development assistance". Forthcoming from The Journal of Human Rights.
  • Human Rights and Development: Rhetoric and Reality in India. Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • "Jim Grant." Entry for the Biographical Dictionary of Secretaries-General of International Organizations. Radboud University, Nijmegan.
  • "The United Nations and the Rights-Based Approach to Development in India." Global Governance 20 (March 2014).
  • "Teaching Ethics and International Affairs: A Colloquium," International Studies Perspectives 3 (February 2012).
  • "International Organizations as Independent Actors: A Framework for Analysis." Editor. Routledge, 2012.
  • "International Organizations in International Relations Theory." The Ashgate Research Companion to Non-State Actors, Ashgate Press, 2011.
  • "UNICEF: A Human Rights Agency?" Encyclopedia of Human Rights, Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • "Introducing Feminist Thought Into the International Relations Classroom," International Studies Perspectives 3 (August 2007).
  • "Power and Principle: Human Rights Programming in International Organizations". Georgetown University Press, 2007.
  • "The Human Rights Responsibilities of the World Bank: a Business Paradigm," Global Social Policy 4 (April 2004).
  • "What Can Businesses Do To Meet The Demands of Anti-Globalization Protestors?" Business and Society Review 107 (Summer 2002).
  • "Liberal Theory and Minority Group Rights,"Human Rights Quarterly 21 (February 1999).
  • "UNICEF and the Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child," Global Governance 4 (April 1998).