Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
George Washington University


Areas of Expertise
International Affairs, International Organizations, Global Governance, Humanitarian Affairs

Martha Finnemore is a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Her research focuses on global governance, international organizations, ethics, and social theory. She is the co-author (with Michael Barnett) of Rules for the World: International Organizations in Global Politics, which won the International Studies Association’s award for Best Book in 2006. She is also author of National Interests in International Society and The Purpose of Intervention, which won the American Political Science Association’s Woodrow Wilson Award as “the best book published on government, politics, or international affairs” in 2004. Her articles have appeared in International Organization, World Politics, Annual Review of Political Science, Review of International Studies, Review of International Political Economy, and elsewhere. She has been a visiting research fellow at the Brookings Institution and Stanford University, and has received fellowships or grants from the MacArthur Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the United States Institute of Peace.

Recent Publications
Deborah D. Avant, Martha Finnemore and Susan K. Sell (eds.), Who Governs the Globe? (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Martha Finnemore, “Ontology and Methodology in the American School of IPE”, Review of International Studies 31 (2009).

Martha Finnemore, “Legitimacy, Hypocrisy, and the Social Structure of Unpopularity”, World Politics 61 (2009).

Martha Finnemore, Rules for the World: International Organizations in Global Politics (2004).

Martha Finnemore, The Purpose of Intervention: Changing Beliefs about the Use of Force (2003).

Updated July, 2014