David Forsythe Portrait
Emeritus Professor Political Science

Dr. David Forsythe is widely regarded as having been among the first to help establish the study of human rights and humanitarian affairs in the disciplines of political science and international relations. He enjoys travel, often in Europe but also in the U.S, especially the National Parks.

Research Areas

  • International Human Rights
  • International Law and Organization
  • American Foreign Policy
  • International Relations

Current Research

  • International Red Cross policy making in war and other violence
  • Human Rights in Armed Conflict


  • Distinguished Scholar Award from the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association, 2007
  • Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award from the Mid-West Section of the International Studies Association, 2003


Over 100 publications on different aspects of International Relations, including:

Career Highlights

  • Fulbright Senior Research Chair in Human Rights and International Studies at the Danish Institute of International Studies, Copenhagen, 2008
  • Gladstein Visiting Professor, Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut, 2007
  • Ph.D., Princeton University, 1968