David P. Forsythe taught various aspects of international relations for over four decades. He published the first independent book in English on the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1977. He published the first textbook on international human rights in American social science in 1983. He was the general editor of award-winning The Encyclopedia of Human Rights (5 volumes) in 2009. His co-authored textbook on the United Nations went into eight editions spanning 24 years through 2016. He continues to write about human rights, as per his co-authored book, American Exceptionalism Reconsidered: U.S. Foreign Policy, Human Rights, and World Order (2017); and Human Rights in International Relations, (also 2017, 4th ed.). He maintains an active interest in the laws of war and the Red Cross/Red Crescent, as per his 2018 article, “The International Red Cross: Decentralization and its Uses,” in the Human Rights Quarterly. His numerous publications have led to various recognitions at his university, in the American Political Science Association, and the International Studies Association. He is a former Chair of the IPSA Research Committee on Human Rights.