Tony Talbott

Lecturer; Interim Director of the Human Rights Studies Program (Fall 2014)
Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: Political Science


Originally from Dayton, Tony Talbott joined the military and served a total of 13 years in both the Army National Guard and the active duty Navy. He traveled extensively throughout the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. While finishing his tour of duty he earned a BA in History and Government from Columbia College. He then left the service to attend graduate school, earning an MA in International Affairs from Ohio University and working toward a PhD from Arizona State University (currently ABD). Tony has taught courses at several colleges and universities and has taught in the Political Science Department at the University of Dayton since 2007. He teaches on a variety of subjects dealing with global politics, comparative politics, Asian politics, nationalism and identity politics, human rights, and global security.

Courses Taught

  • Global Politics
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Comparative Politics: Southeast and East Asia


  • BA (History/Government), Columbia College, San Francisco, 1995
  • MA (International Affairs; Major: Pol Sci; Minors: Geography, Philosophy), Southeast Asia Studies program at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 1997
  • Ph.D. (Political Science Ph.D. program--Comparative, American), Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, (currently ABD), 2000

Professional Activities

  • Faculty advisor to UD Model United Nations Club

Research Interests

  • Southeast Asia and China
  • Philippine Politics
  • Human Rights
  • Global Security
  • Colonialism and Nationalism
  • Politics of Rural and Marginalized People
  • Social Movements
  • Religion and Politics

Selected Publications

Paper Presentations

"Diffusion of Human Trafficking Policy across the US States: Determinants of Adoption and Comprehensiveness." (co-authors: Nancy Miller and Christopher Klarich). 4th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lincoln NE. Forthcoming October 2012.

"Institutional Implications of Serving Victims of Human Trafficking." (co-author: Alisa Bartel, Cincinnati VA). 9th Annual International Conference on Human Trafficking, Prostitution, and Sex Work. University of Toledo. Toledo OH. Forthcoming September 2012.

Human Trafficking Policy Diffusion." (co-authors: Dr. Nancy Miller and student, Christopher Klarich). Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference. Chicago IL. April 2012.

"Beyond Just Raising Awareness: Developing a Multi-level Public Information and Social Marketing Campaign for Demand Reduction and the Prevention of Human Trafficking." 8th Annual International Conference on Human Trafficking, Prostitution, and Sex Work. University of Toledo. Toledo OH. September 2011.


"Creation of a Service-Learning Course on Human Trafficking." Sponsored by University of Dayton Program for Christian Leadership Faculty Fund for Vocational Exploration.

Invited Lectures

"Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy: A Case for Academic Activism." Department of Geography, Miami University. Oxford OH. September 2012.

Keynote address, Human Trafficking Conference, Women 4 Women chapter. University of Louisville. Louisville KY. January 2012.

Lecture on global, national, and state impact of human trafficking. Feminist Tea: Human Trafficking 101, Wittenberg University. Springfield OH. April 2012


"Sex Trafficking in the US and Ohio." Alpha Kappa Alpha Professional African American Women’s Sorority. Dayton OH. May 2012.

"Human Trafficking: Prevention and Demand Reduction." 5th annual Greater Cincinnati Human Trafficking Conference. Cincinnati OH. February 2012.

Presentation on human trafficking to over 200 area high school students at the Junior Council on World Affairs Youth Forum. Clayton OH. December 2011.

"Implications of Working with Victims of Human Trafficking." For YWCA case managers and staff. Dayton OH. October 2011.

"Human Trafficking is the Modern Day Slave Trade." For members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Professional African American Women’s Sorority. Dayton OH. October 2011.

Presentation on Abolition Ohio and human trafficking. Montgomery County Board of County Commissioners Meeting. Televised and video published on county website. October 2011.


Seminar on Modern Day Slavery, Human Trafficking, and Community Involvement. STOP Human Trafficking Dayton Volunteer Training Meeting. July 2011.

Seminar on Trafficking in Persons. Montgomery County Prosecutors, Victim/Witness Division. April 2011.

Seminar on Trafficking in Persons. University of Dayton Lifelong Learning Institute. March 2011.

"Labor Trafficking." End Slavery Cincinnati/NKY R&R Annual Conference. January 2011.

"Ending Slavery in Ohio Town Hall Meeting." Organizer. Public forum of stakeholders in the anti-trafficking movement consisting of representatives from state government, social service providers, academia, and nonprofit organizations. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Cincinnati OH. November 2010.

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