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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Josef Korbel School student in front of the United Nations

Faculty & Research Centers

Micheline Ishay, Professor

Josef Korbel School of International Studies Professor Micheline IshayEmail:

Phone: 303-871-2313

Office: 305 Ben M. Cherrington Hall
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver
2201 South Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80208


  • PhD, Rutgers University
  • MA, Rutgers University

Research and Expertise

International relations, human rights, political theory, history, methodology, sociology, comparative politics, U.S. foreign policy, Middle Eastern politics.

Professional Profile

  • Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver; University of Denver Distinguished Scholar (2008), Director of the International Human Rights Program (1992-2010), Executive Director of the Center on Rights Development (CORD) (1993-1999)
  • Assistant Professor,  Hobart and William Smith College (1990-1992);
  • Visiting Professor, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2010-2012, and Spring 2013), Center for Democracy Collaborative, University of Maryland (2004)

Recent Publications

Ishay, M. (2010).  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 60: A bridge to which future. Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, 9(1-2), 11-27.

Ishay, M. (2010). The sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Exploring the past, anticipating the future. Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, 19(2), 639-653.

Ishay, M. (2004, 2008). The history of human rights: From Ancient Greece to the globalization era. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Ishay, M. (Ed.). (1997, 2007). The human rights reader. New York: Routledge.


  • INTS 4940: Introduction to Human Rights
  • INTS 4942: Human Rights in a Globalized World
  • INTS 4010: Epistemology
  • INTS 4822: Contemporary Political Theory
  • INTS 5895: Prospectus Workshop
  • INTS 4456: Empire and Human Rights
  • INTS 4502: Comparative Revolutions
  • INTS 4947: Human Rights and Security
  • INTS 4030: Critical Theory
  • INTS 4710: Topics: Human Rights in the Middle East