photo: Susan Sell

Susan K. Sell

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Faculty: Full-Time
Suite 501-I
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, N.W.
Phone: 202-994-4896
Fax: 202-994-5477

Areas of Expertise

International relations theory, international political economy, and North-South relations.


Professor Sell received her B.A. in political science from Colorado College, her M.A. in political science from the University of California - Santa Barbara, and her Ph.D. from the University of California - Berkeley.

Professor Sell teaches graduate courses in international political economy, and international relations theory. She also teaches an undergraduate international political economy course.


Ph.D., University of California – Berkeley


  • Who Governs the Globe?, Deborah D. Avant, Martha Finnemore, and Susan K. Sell, Eds. (Cambridge, 2010);
  • "Intellectual Property and the Doha Round" in The WTO after Hong Kong: Progress In, and Prospects For, the Doha Development Agenda, eds. Donna Lee and Rorden Wilkinson (Routledge, 2007);
  • "International Institutions, Intellectual Property an the HIV/AIDS Pandemic" in HIV/AIDS and the Threat to National Security, eds. Robert Ostergaard and Jim Whitman (Palgrave/MacMillan, 2007);
  • Intellectual Property Rights: A Critical History, with Christopher May (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006); "Reframing the Issue: the WTO Coalition on Intellectual Property and Public Health 2001", with John Odell, in Negotiating Trade: Developing Countries in the WTO and NAFTA, ed. John Odell (Cambridge University Press, 2006); and
  • Private Power, Public Law: The Globalization of Intellectual Property Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2003; published by China Renmin University Press, 2007).

Classes Taught

PSC 2439 International Political Economy

PSC 2440 Theories of International Politics

PSC 2992 Proseminar

  • The Globalization of Intellectual Property Rights

PSC 6439 International Political Economy

PSC 6440 Theories of International Politics

PSC 8441 Advanced Theories of International Politics

PSC 8453 Advanced Theories of International Political Economy