Joanna Kirk

Lecturer, Conflict Studies & Legal Studies Minors Coordinator, Pre-Law Advisor
Wadsworth 13c
(585) 245-5133

After graduating from Oxford University (UK) and the College of Europe (Belgium) with law degrees equivalent to a JD and a Master's, respectively, Kirk worked for more than eight years in South Asia in law, education and international development, followed by a year in Washington, DC, at the United States Agency for International Development and at two DC-based law-and-development firms. At Geneseo, she teaches classes in Political Science, Sociology, Law, Humanities and Writing; coordinates the Legal Studies and Conflict Studies Minors; and advises pre-law students majoring in Political Science & International Relations, and the college's Mock Trial Club. Additional professional experience includes two years as a community journalist in Livingston County, NY, and close to ten years as a writer, editor, and media & alumni relations professional for Geneseo's Division of Advancement.

Coordinator, Legal Studies minor
Coordinator, Conflict Studies minor 
Coordinator, Pre-Law Advisement
Phi Alpha Delta
Mock Trial Club

Jo Kirk 2017

Office Hours

Office hours will be held in Wadsworth 13C 

  • Tues 2:30-4:00pm
  • Thurs 1:30-3:00pm

Curriculum Vitae


  • M.A. Hons., Jurisprudence (J.D. equivalent), Oxford University, U.K. (1984)

  • Diploma in Advanced European Studies, College of Europe, Belgium (1985)


  • Nine years in South Asia (Sri Lanka & Nepal)

  • International development - projects in law, democratization, education, and women's and community development

  • Writing/editing and document design - community journalism and college publications

  • Public, media and constituent relations - communications and events management

  • Teaching - English to non-native speakers (adult and secondary)

Teaching Areas

International Politics
Global Social Change/Development
Gender and Legal Studies
Introductory Sociology
College Writing


  • INTD 105: WrtgSem:After 9/11:How America

    Writing Seminar is a course focusing on a specific topic while emphasizing writing practice and instruction, potentially taught by any member of the College faculty. Because this is primarily a course in writing, reading assignments will be briefer than in traditional topic courses, and students will prove their understanding of the subject matter through writing compositions rather than taking examinations. Corequisite: INTD 106.

  • PLSC 140: S/International Politics

    An introduction to the concepts and relationships characterizing the modern international system. Based on a review of historical and contemporary developments, students will be challenged to evaluate issues of continuity and change, states and non-state actors, conflict and cooperation, and power and principles. Approaches to international order, such as international law and organizations, the balance of power, and integration will be addressed, along with contemporary problems in the post-Cold War world.

  • SOCL 317: Gender & Law

    This course will explore American, foreign, and internationalgender law, introducing students to feminist legal theories and methods, and to an array of substantive issues relevant to gender studies. Through discussion of case, statutory, constitutional, and treaty law, students will develop skills in analysis and argumentation, as well as understanding of social justice, and equality issues, and principles of non-discrimination. Crosslisted with PLSC 357. Prerequisites: SOCL 100 or SOCL 102 or SOCL 105 or permission of the instructor. Credits: 3(3-0) Offered every year.