Joel Oestreich, Ph.D.
Director of International Area Studies; Associate Professor
Office: 2024 MacAlister
Phone: (215) 895-6794
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- B.A., magna cum laude, History and Government, Cornell University, 1987
- M.Phil., International Relations, Oxford University, 1990
- Ph.D., Political Science, Brown University, 2001.
I am an associate professor of Political Science at Drexel University specializing in international relations. My primary areas of research include international organizations, international finance, development, and human rights. In 2007, I published a book with Georgetown University Press on human rights programming in international organizations. 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. Classes that I've 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. My edited book, “International Organizations as Self-Directed Actors” is forthcoming from Routledge, as part of their Global Institutions series. I am completing an article on the assessment of rights-based approaches to development (RBA), and I have been awarded a Fulbright to study RBA in India, beginning October 2011.
I am also the Director of the International Area Studies program 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.
- International Organizations as Self-Directed Actors: A Framework for Analysis, forthcoming from Routledge Press.
- Intergovernmental Organizations in International Relations Theory and as Actors in World Politics,” The Ashgate Research Companion to Non-State Actors, 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 http://www.press.georgetown.edu/detail.html?id=9781589011595, Georgetown University Press, 2007.