Joshua C Gellers

Assistant Professor • International Relations/Comparative Politics

Political Science & Public Administration • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Environmental Politics, Human Rights, International Relations, Comparative Law, Climate Change, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, South Asia


PhD, Political Science, University of California, Irvine (2014)

MA, Political Science, University of California, Irvine (2009)

MA, Climate & Society, Columbia University (2007)

BA, Political Science, University of Florida (2005)


Josh Gellers, PhD, LEED Green Associate, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Florida, Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance Project, and Honorary Fellow of the Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies. He is also a 2016-17 U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Sri Lanka. In 2015, Josh was a Visiting Scholar-in-Residence in Global Environmental Constitutionalism at Widener University Delaware Law School. In 2016, Josh was a Short-Term Research Scholar at Shaanxi Normal University in Xi'an, China. His research focuses on environmental politics in the developing world, with an emphasis on environmental rights and development finance. Josh's work has appeared in Critical Discourse StudiesInternational Environmental Agreements, Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation, Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, Journal of Human Rights Practice, Global Environmental PoliticsReview of Policy ResearchSustainability Science, and Transnational Environmental Law. He has served as a researcher for the Global Roundtable on Climate Change, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, and Earth Institute at Columbia University, and consulted for Sierra Club Green Home and UNDP. Josh runs Enviro Rights Map, a free Google maps-based website which catalogs constitutional environmental rights throughout the world. He is the author of The Global Emergence of Constitutional Environmental Rights (Routledge 2017).



Fulbright Post-doctoral Scholar Award, U.S. Department of State (2016-17)

Graduate Student Paper Award, Environmental Studies Section, International Studies Association (2013)

US Environmental Protection Agency P3 (People, Prosperity, and the Planet) Grant (2011)


University of North Florida

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (2017)


University of California, Irvine

Human Security Fellow, Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (2013)

Public Impact Fellow (2013)

Sustainability Science Team Fellow, Environment Institute (2012)


Research Fellow, Earth System Governance Project

Honorary Fellow, Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal

Member, American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies
Member, American Political Science Association (Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics Section)
Member, Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences
Member, International Studies Association (Environmental Studies Section)

Member, USGBC Florida

Grants and Contracts Awarded

University of North Florida

Transformational Learning Opportunity Grant, "Disasters, Public Health and International Cooperation" Study Abroad Program (2018)

Pre-Law Lecture Series Grant, "The Plight of Climate Refugees" (2017)

Faculty Research Enhancement Award, "The Developing World as the Dragon's Den: China's Role as an Emerging Donor" (2015)

Publications & Presentations



Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications


Recent Papers Presented

  • "Towards Environmental Democracy? Procedural Environmental Rights and Environmental Justice." Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene Symposium, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, Apr. 24-25, 2017.
  • "The Developing World as the Dragon's Den: Assessing the Role of Environmental Factors in Chinese Development Finance." International Studies Association Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD, Feb. 22-25, 2017.
  • "Crowdsourcing Global Governance: Sustainable Development Goals, Civil Society, and the Pursuit of Democratic Legitimacy." International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology, Santa Ana, CA, Apr. 12-15, 2016.
  • "Environmental Constitutionalism in South Asia: Analyzing the Experiences of Nepal and Sri Lanka." American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, New York, NY, Jan. 6-10, 2016.
  • "Crowdsourcing Sustainable Development Goals from Global Civil Society: A Content Analysis." International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA, Feb. 19-21, 2015.
  • "The Great Indoors: Integrating the Built Environment into Environmental Rights." UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy, Yale University, New Haven, CT, Sep. 5-7, 2014.


Recent Invited Talks

GellersContact Information

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Office Hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-4pm, or by appt.