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Joel Oestreich

Joel E. Oestreich, PhD

Department of Politics
Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages
Phone: 215.895.6794


  • BA, History and Government, Cornell University
  • MPhil, International Relations, Oxford University
  • PhD, Political Science, Brown University

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 the meaning of “equity” among develop experts, as well as other topics. Classes that I have taught include courses on international relations theory and practice, human rights, international organizations, 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 2017 book from Oxford University Press, look at the link between development and human rights in India. I am also researching human rights and development issues related to Africa and Asia, and the World Bank’s “Equity Agenda.” In 2018-2019 I will be living in Benin, on a grant from the Fulbright Foundation, teaching at the University of Abomey-Calavi and researching anti-corruption efforts.

I have also been the organizer and convener of the “ISA at UNAI” program, which brings together academic experts and UN practitioners in a series of workshops to discuss issues of common interest. This has been in conjunction with the International Studies Association and United Nations Academic Impact. From 2007-2018 I was the Director of the International Area Studies/Global Studies major at Drexel.

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

Selected Publications:

  • “The World Bank’s Equity Agenda.” Forthcoming from Global Governance.
  • “SDG 10: Reduce Inequality in and Among Countries.” Social Alternatives 37, 2018.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "Power and Principle: Human Rights Programming in International Organizations". Georgetown University Press, 2007.