Joel H. Rosenthal

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Joel H. Rosenthal (born April 28, 1960, in Brookline, Massachusetts) has served as president of Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs since 1995.

He is also adjunct professor, New York University and chairman of the Bard College Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) program in New York City.

During his tenure as president, the Council has developed its Ethics Studio, producing multimedia programs for television, radio, and web audiences worldwide. The Council has also established its Global Ethics Network of Fellows located in two dozen countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, and the Middle East.

Carnegie Council is well known in New York City for its Public Affairs program featuring over 40 lectures each year from leading "voices for ethics," as well as its Carnegie New Leaders program (for young professionals under age 40).

The Council’s national and international outreach is led by television broadcasts on MHz Networks (with access to over 40 million households), C-Span Book TV, and CUNY TV (reaching the entire New York City metro area). Studio podcasts are distributed by PRX Radio Exchange and downloaded over 50,000 times each month on iTunes and iTunes U. The Council’s flagship publication, Ethics & International Affairs journal, is published by Cambridge University Press. Its articles currently appear in over 1,100 syllabi in colleges and universities in 28 countries.

As a scholar and teacher, Rosenthal has focused on ethics in US foreign policy, with special emphasis on issues of war and peace, human rights, and pluralism. His first book Righteous Realists (1991) is a study of Hans Morgenthau, George Kennan, and Reinhold Niebuhr, among other American realists. His edited volume Ethics & International Affairs: A Reader (Georgetown University Press; 3rd edition, co-edited by Christian Barry) is a compilation of essays from major figures in the field and is widely used in college and university courses. Rosenthal’s recent writing is series of reflections on the moral dimensions of globalization, including essays on patriotism, the "global ethic," and the role of religion in democratic societies.

Throughout his career as an educator, Rosenthal has worked with academic and professional constituents to bring ethical analysis to matters of international public policy. In doing so, he has worked with partners in professional military education, most notably U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Naval War College, and U.S. Military Academy, West Point; public partners, such as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Maine Humanities Council; grant-making foundations, such as the Carnegie Corporation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Henry Luce Foundation; and research institutes, such as the Oxford-Uehiro Centre of Applied Ethics, University of Oxford.

Rosenthal received his Ph.D. from Yale University and B.A. from Harvard University. In addition to his ongoing teaching duties, he lectures frequently at universities and public venues across the United States and around the world.


Carnegie Council bio of Joel Rosenthal