William Felice, Ph.D.

William F. Felice is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Eckerd College. Dr. Felice is the author of six books on human rights and international relations: Human Rights and Public Goods(2021) with Diana Fuguitt; Introduction to International Politics: Global Challenges and Policy Responses(2019) with Glenn Hastedt; The Ethics of Interdependence: Global Human Rights and Duties (2016); How Do I Save My Honor: War, Moral Integrity and Principled Resignation(2009); The Global New Deal: Economic and Social Human Rights in World Politics (2010; 2003); and Taking Suffering Seriously: The Importance of Collective Human Rights(1996). He has also published numerous articles on the theory and practice of human rights in a variety of journals including, the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Ethics and International Affairs, Human Rights Quarterly, International Affairs, and Social Justice.

Dr. Felice was named the 2006 Florida Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In addition, Felice has received Eckerd College’s John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award (2021), Grover Wren Award for Leadership and Service to General Education (2017), the Lloyd W. Chapin Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Art (2011), the John M. Bevan Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award (2005), and has been recognized by the students as Professor of the Year (2003) and by the faculty as the Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher of the Year (1999).

Felice received his Ph.D. from the Department of Politics at New York University. He has served as a trustee on the board of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Relations. He was also the past president of the International Ethics Section of the International Studies Association.

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Professor Spotlight | Article

by Rachel Clevenger

Recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as 2006 Florida Professor of the Year, Professor of Political Science Dr. William Felice teaches courses in international organization, human rights, political economy, and international law at Eckerd College. Having served as a United Nations representative for human rights, Felice is focused on human rights within global society, issues he tackles in several books, including his most recent, a project which explores four case studies where he believes a “human-rights threshold” has been crossed: The Ethics of Interdependence: Global Human Rights and Duties.

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Managing the Unexpected & Self Image | Interview

by A. Pawlowski | Today.com

Brain surgery leaves man struggling with self-image: ‘You don’t recognize yourself’

The ordeal started when the college professor, who had enjoyed good health, suddenly began experiencing headaches.

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Eckerd Professor Felice retires after 26 years teaching human rights

by Claire Bomer | The Current

After a long career of shaping how international relations and human rights are taught at Eckerd College, Professor of Political Science Bill Felice is retiring at the end of the 2021 school year. Over his 26 years, he has been recognized as one of the most passionate and inspirational professors at this college.

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