Diana Zoelle, Ph.D.

Diana Zoelle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science
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Diana Zoelle
Diana Zoelle is Associate Professor of Political Science at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She holds a PhD (1997) and an MA (1993) in Political Theory from University of Maryland – College Park, an MPA (1990) from University of Missouri – Columbia, a BS (1987) in Public Administration from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, and an AAS (1985) in Accounting from Butler County Community College. Her areas of specialization are human rights, feminist political theory, normative political theory, and public administration. She has authored articles on women and poverty. Her book, Globalizing Concern for Women’s Human Rights: The Failure of the American Model (New York, St. Martin’s Press, 2000), analyzes and critiques the sociopolitical, economic and legal systems of the United Sates in that they have “precluded the incorporation of the rights of women on an equal basis with the rights of men” and, thus, fail to provide an appropriate model for emerging states.

She recently returned from her sabbatical at the APSA Centennial Center in Washington, DC where she enjoyed the gracious hospitality of the Center's staff. She is currently focused on editing a text that will constitute gendered analyses of the future of development lending to poor countries. The text will approach the topic from a number of perspectives.

She is also completing an article on Human Rights as Literalized Metaphor; a study of whether linguistic innovation leads to agreement at the international level on human rights. Her current focus is the investigation of pragmatic approaches to protection of women’s human rights – the linguistic innovations that are the function of the United Nations and nongovernmental organizations.

Zoelle was a consultant to the Fund for Peace Women’s Program in Washington, DC, 1993-94. She was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Notre Dame (1995-1997) in the Joan B Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. At Bloomsburg, she teaches courses in History of Political Thought, American Political Thought, Globalization and the United Nations, and Feminist Political Theory. From 2008- 2011, she lead the effort, within the Political Science Department, to create and successfully establish the Master of Arts in Public Policy and International Affairs. In 2001, Zoelle founded the Bloomsburg University Model United Nations Student Organization, which she advised until 2011.


B.S., Slippery Rock University
M.P.A., University of Missouri
M.A., Ph.D., University of Maryland

Research Interests

Development of Political Thought; International Human Rights; Feminist Political Theory.


Globalizing Concern for Women’s Human Rights: The Failure of the American Model, New York, St. Martin’s Press, 2000.

Solicited Entries

“Human Rights: Women” Encyclopedia of Issues in US Public Policy, Cengage Learning, 2008.

“History of Women’s Human Rights”Encyclopedia of Women in World History, Oxford University Press, 2007.

Peer-Reviewed Articles/Chapters

“Promoting Freedom from Poverty: Political Mobilization and the Role of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union” (with Jyl Josephson) Feminist Review, 82, 2006.

“Making Democratic Space for Poor People: The Kensington Welfare Rights Union” (with Jyl Josephson) Global Arrogance, New York, Palgrave, 2005.


“(Re) Playing Reality: Using Movies as Simulations in International Relations Classrooms” PS: Political Science & Politics, 2008.

Rosiska Darcy de Oliviera. “In Praise of Difference: Emergence of a Global Feminism,” for National Women’s Studies Association Journal, 2001.

“Rights of Women: A Guide to the Most Important United Nations Treaties on Women’s Human Rights,” for National Women’s Studies Association Journal, 1999.