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Joel Pruce

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty


Email: Joel Pruce
Phone: 937-229-3626

SJ 217



Joel R. Pruce recently served as post-doctoral fellow in human rights studies and joined the faculty as an assistant professor in Fall 2014. Prior to arriving at UD, Dr. Pruce held the position of Lecturer in International Human Rights at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies - University of Denver. Originally from New Jersey, Joel is settling in to life in Ohio along with his wife, Heather Atkinson, and their dog, Teddy Bear.

Courses Taught

  • Politics of Human Rights
  • Human Rights and Foreign Policy
  • International Law and Organization


  • Ph.D. University of Denver (International Studies, 2011)
  • M.A. University of Denver (International Studies, 2006)
  • B.A. Rutgers University (Political Science and Philosophy, 2002)

Professional Activities

Research Interests

  • Human rights
  • NGOs and advocacy
  • Foreign policy
  • International organization
  • Mass media and visual culture
  • Critical theory

Selected Publications

Joel R. Pruce (ed.) The Social Practice of Human Rights. (Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming).

Joel R. Pruce. "Constituencies of Compassion: The Politics of Human Rights and Consumerism." In Uses and Misuses of Human Rights, edited by George Andreopoulos and Zehra K. Arat. (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014)

Joel R. Pruce. "Spectacle of Suffering and Humanitarian Intervention in Somalia." In Media, Mobilization, and Human Rights: Mediating Atrocity, edited by Tristan Anne Borer. (Zed Books, 2012).