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Assistant Professor, Political Science

Coordinator of the History, Political Science and Legal Studies Programs

Pictured is Dora Ion, Ph.D. Photo submitted by Ion.Contact Information


  • License Diploma, Law School, University of Bucharest
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Political Science, Wayne State University

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to the Study of Government Systems
  • Theories of Justice
  • Human Rights in Theory and Practice
  • International Relations


Dora Cristina Ion, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of political science in the School of Arts and Sciences at Point Park University and coordinator of the history, political science and legal studies programs. Prior to joining Point Park full time, Ion was an instructor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Point Park and an instructor in the political science department at the University of Pittsburgh. Before that, she was a research assistant and teaching assistant at Wayne State University. Prior to starting her graduate studies at Wayne State University, Ion worked as a legal adviser for the Romanian government, in which she participated in the drafting of bilateral agreements and treaties.

During her graduate years at Wayne State University, she was involved in research on lead poisoning in children and its effects on academic achievement, and the spectrum of populism in Romania. Ion graduated with a dissertation that reinterpreted Immanuel Kant's peace writings and offered a comprehensive critique of international relations theories previously based on Kant. Her work eventually materialized in the book Kant and international relations theory: cosmopolitan community- building, published by Routledge in 2012. Ion's research interests continue being centered on political theory (justice theories) and international relations, especially cosmopolitanism (Kantian) and integration. 

Curriculum Vitae 

Research Interests

  • Political theory
  • International relations
  • Global justice
  • International law
  • Human rights


  • "Kant's Idea of Justice," in preparation.

  • "Kant and International Relations Theory: Cosmopolitan Community Building," Routledge Innovations in Political Theory 43, Routlege, London and New York, 2012.

  • "Cosmopolitan community building in Kant's 'Perpetual Peace,'" Ph.D. dissertation, Wayne State University, 2009.

  • "Protest Voting or Nationalism? Great Romania Party and the emergence of populism in Romanian elections," Preprint, 2004.
  • "The effect of lead poisoning on school district performance," Preprint, 2004.

Conference and Seminar Presentations

  • Convention of American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Boston, Mass., December 2004.
  • Interdisciplinary seminar on "Nationalism in the 20th century," Dubrovnik, Croatia, April 2004.
  • Urban Affairs Assocation Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., April 2004.
  • Graduate Stduent Research Day, Wayne State University, April 2004.

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