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Joel Pruce

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Political Science


Email: Joel Pruce
Phone: 937-229-3626
SJH 217



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


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 at the 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

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).