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Roni Kay O'Dell PhD
Joined Seton Hill
Greensburg, PA
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Dr. Roni Kay M. O’Dell is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Seton Hill University where she teaches courses in international relations, human rights, and political science. Her research focuses on international poverty, inequality, norms, political participation, and development. More specifically, she analyzes development practices that contribute to successful development outcomes such as gender equality and participatory development. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed venues including International Studies Perspectives, Global Governance, and Vereinte Nationen.


  • PH.D., International Studies, 2014 University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Denver, Colorado
  • M.A., International Policy Studies, 2007 Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California.
  • B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, 2005 University of Washington, Bothell, Washington


  • “The Critical Role of Mass Media in International Norm Diffusion: The Case of UNDP Human Development Reports,” with Devin Joshi, International Studies Perspectives. 2016 (Advance online Access published February 3, 2016).
  • “UNDP Human Development Reports Changing the World: A Review of the First 25 Years” (translated into German: “Wie die Berichte über die menschliche Entwicklung die Welt verändern”), with Devin Joshi, Vereinte Nationen January, 2015 Edition.
  • “Global Governance and Development Ideology: The United Nations and the World Bank on the Left-Right Spectrum,” with Devin Joshi, Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations 19(2): 249-275 (2013).
  • “New Perspectives on the Independence of International Organizations: How Do They Influence Peacebuilding and Good Governance?” Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations 18(4): 477-490 (2012).


  • Amnesty International, USA, 2013-Present
  • International Studies Association, 2011-Present
  • Southwestern Political Science Association, 2015-Present
  • Academic Council Of The United Nations System (ACUNS), 2012-2013