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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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Jack Donnelly, Andrew Mellon Professor, John Evans Professor

Josef Korbel School professor Jack DonnellyEmail: [email protected]

Phone: 303-871-2563

Office: 3125 Sie International Relations Complex
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver
2201 South Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80208


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  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley
  • MA, Georgetown University
  • BSFS, Georgetown University

Research and Expertise

Principal areas of research: international relations theory, especially structural theories of international politics and comparative analysis of historical international systems; theory and practice of human rights (with a current emphasis on cross-cultural conceptions of human dignity across history).

Professional Profile

  • Andrew Mellon Professor and John Evans Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver (1992-present)
  • University Lecturer, University of Denver (2008)
  • Previously taught at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, College of the Holy Cross, Tulane University, and Mills College
  • Visiting Professor at University of Connecticut (2002), Bar-Ilan University (1996), National University Costa Rica (1994), University of the Republic Uruguay (1990)
  • Author of several books and more than 80 articles and book chapters.

Recent Publications

Donnelly, J. (2006). International human rights (3rd ed.). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Donnelly, J. (2003).  Universal human rights in theory and practice (2nd ed.). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. (Indian edition, 2006; Chinese translation, 2007).

Donnelly, J. (2008). Human rights: Both universal and relative (a reply to Michael Goodhart). Human Rights Quarterly 30, 194-204.

Donnelly, J. (2008). Human rights and social provision. Journal of Human Rights 7, 123-138.

Donnelly, J. (2007). The relative universality of human rights. Human Rights Quarterly 29, 281-306.

Donnelly, J. & Whelan, D. (2007) The west, economic and social rights, and the global human rights regime setting the record straight. Human Rights Quarterly 29, 908-949.


  • INTS 4820: Ancient Political Theory
  • INTS 4821: Modern Political Theory
  • INTS 4875: Human Rights and Foreign Policy
  • INTS 4900: International Politics Theory
  • INTS 4903: Social Construction of International Society
  • INTS 4906: Classics of International Theory
  • INTS 4940: Introduction to Human Rights
  • INTS 4951: Comparing International Societies