Roni Kay O’Dell
Dr. Roni Kay M. O’Dell is Associate Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the Political Science and Global Studies Programs at Seton Hill University (SHU). She specializes in research on the United Nations (UN), human development and capabilities, human rights, the Sustainable Development Goals, and democratic negotiation. Her recent book includes chapters on the history of the UN, conference diplomacy, and human rights (Global Politics: A Toolkit for Learners, written with Sasha Breger Bush). Her published peer reviewed articles appear in International Studies Perspectives, Journal of Human Rights Practice, and Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and IOs, among others. Dr. O’Dell is the main advisor for SHU’s award-winning Model UN program and she has received several teaching and advising awards (Distinguished Educator Award; Advisor of the Year Award). She is actively involved in organizations that support the UN, which currently includes positions on the ACUNS Board (Treasurer) and the Human Development and Capabilities Association Board (Director at Large). Her past service includes positions on the Advisory Group for the National Model UN New York Conference, the National Resolutions Committee for Amnesty International USA, and the Book Award Committee for the Global Development Section of the International Studies Association. Dr. O’Dell obtained her Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and her M.A. in International Policy Studies, human rights, from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (now the Middlebury Institute).