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Welling Hall
Research Professor of the Liberal Arts

Welling Hall currently serves as the Friend in Residence at the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

In recent years, she has won four nationally ranked and competitive fellowships: the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship, a Fulbright Teaching/Research Award, an American Council on Education Fellowship, and a Franklin Fellowship at the U.S. State Department.

She spent a sabbatical year working on Capitol Hill in the office of Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) and teaches a course entitled “Legislative Toolkit” that helps students to connect their academics to effective engagement with the legislative process. She has also led May Term trips to the U.N. headquarters in New York City.

“Earlham has always been a place where it is possible to be a pragmatic idealist. That commitment, for me, shapes Earlham as a Quaker institution and it is the reason I have chosen to spend my career here,” she says.

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  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University
  • M.A., The Ohio State University
  • B.A., Oberlin College
  • OTHR, Leningrad Philological Inst

Selected Courses:

Introduction to Diplomacy
Theories of International Relations
International Law
Legislative Toolkit

I have always been interested in the many ways that persons and organizations that inhabit a divided world find ways to cross boundaries for common purposes. Over the years, my research has ranged from growth areas for U.S.-Soviet collaboration during the Cold War, to women's international movements to address environmental catastrophe, and the emergence of norms for individual criminal accountability for atrocity crimes.

Books and Edited Volumes

Documents Editor, Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace, with Nigel Young et al. Oxford University Press. February 2010.

Co-editor with Tim McElwee, Joseph Liechty, and Julie Garber. Peace, Justice and Security Studies Curriculum Guide.  Lynn Rienner Press. 2009.

Instructor’s Manual for Dynamics of International Relations. 2d Edition (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc: 2004).

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Teaching about Congress and Civic Engagement” in PS: Political Science & Politics Volume 44 : pp 871-881. October 2011.

“International Law and the Responsibility to Protect” in International Studies Compendium. April 2010.

“Things of Beauty” in International Studies Perspectives.  August 2009.

“Report from Columbus: The Future of Law and Institutions on the Use of Force in a One Superpower World” with Mary Ellen O’Connell in Redefining Sovereignty: The Use of Force after the End of the Cold War. Edited by Michael Bothe, Mary Ellen O’Connell, and Natalino Ronzitti (Transnational Publishers: 2005)

“The Standing of International Law in Undergraduate IR Texts” in International Studies Perspectives.  May 2003.

“Symposium on Global Inequality and Teaching: Taking Up the Response of Craig Murphy’s Presidential Address” in International Studies Perspectives. Volume 2, Issue 4, November 2001.

“Is There Room in the Universe for Gender?” in Mershon International Studies Review, Volume 38, 1994.

“Information Technology and Global Learning for Sustainable Development: Promise and Problems” in Alternatives, Volume 19, No. 1 1994

“Using E-Mail to Enhance Class Participation” in PS: Political Science and Politics Vol. 25 No. 4, 1993.

Trud dushi i grazhdanskoe vzroslenie [Inspiration and Adult Citizenship]” in POLIS (Institute of Comparative Politology, Moscow) No. 3, 1992.

“Soviet Perceptions of Global Ecological Problems: An Analysis of Three Patterns” in Political Psychology Vol. 11 No. 4, 1990.

“Peace Studies as if Soviet Studies Mattered” in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science July 1989.

“Soviet Perceptions of Global Ecological Interdependence: Some Implications of `New Political Thinking'“ in Soviet Union/Union Sovietique Vol. 15 No. 1, 1988.

“The Church and the Independent Peace Movement in Eastern Europe” in Journal of Peace Research Vol. 23 No. 2, 1986.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

“Teaching with Theory Plays: The Example of the Ozone Layer in Renewing a Common World” in Encountering Global Environmental Politics, ed. By Michael Maniates (Rowman and Littlefield: 2003).

“Power and Powerlessness in the Humanitarian Aid Movement: Women, Russia, and the Spirit of Totalitarianism” in Feminist Approaches to Social Movements, Community, and Power: Conscious Acts and the Politics of Social Change, ed. by Mary Ann Tetreault and Robin Teske (University of South Carolina Press: 2000).

“Feminist Perspectives on Women and the Use of Force” (with Berenice Carroll) in Women and the Use of Military Force ed. by Ruth Howes and Michael Stephenson (Lynne Rienner: 1993).

“Should the United States Agree to a Nuclear Freeze?” in Conflict in American Foreign Policy, ed. by Don Mansfield and Gary Buckley (Prentice Hall: 1985).

International Studies Association

International Peace Research Association

Academic Council for United Nations Studies

International Peace Research Association

American Political Science Association

Friends Association for Higher Education

When I was coming out of graduate school in the 1980s, not too many people thought that Soviet Studies and Peace Studies could go together. Incredible as it sounds today, during the Cold War people thought that it would last forever and if you were interested in studying "the Enemy," you couldn't possibly have a serious interest in making peace. Earlham has always been a place where it is possible to be a pragmatic idealist. That commitment, for me, shapes Earlham as a Quaker institution and it is the reason I have chosen to spend my career here.

On several occasions, I have taken students to the United Nations in NYC for May Term. We spent two weeks meeting with international civil servants in the Secretariat, various specialized agencies, and NGOs - from UNICEF, to the Peacebuilding Commission, to the American Committee for the ICC. The third week of the May Term we visited the permanent missions of about a dozen countries. I've stopped being surprised that Earlham undergrads on this program are typically addressed by the Ambassador him or herself. It makes sense. The government of that country realizes that the Earlham students will be decision-makers in their countries in twenty years and the Ambassador wants these future leaders to be receiving the best possible impression of his or her country.

I'm an artist. I recently won a Great Lakes Association New Directions Initiative Grant and the initial goal was to beat a sword into a plowshare. I actually created a pair of garden shears out of melted bullet casings and combat knives. In honor of the Arms Trade Treaty which is intended to address the terrible problem of the world now producing two bullets per person per year, I produced a series of cast resin silhouettes each of whom has two bullets embedded in it. My piece, Two Bullets Per Person, won an award for originality at the Richmond Art Museum show in 2013.

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