Professor of International Affairs and Political Science
Elliot School of International Affairs


Areas of Expertise
International Affairs, Global Governance, Humanitarian Affairs

Region of Focus
The Middle East

Michael Barnett is University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He previously taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin, Macalester College, Wellesley College, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; was a visiting scholar at the New School for Social Research and the Dayan Center at Tel-Aviv University; and was a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Professor Barnett is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the recipient of many grants and awards for his research. He most recently served as the Harold Stassen Chair of International Relations and professor of political science at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

Recent Publications
Michael Barnett, The Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism (2011)

Michael Barnett and Thomas Weiss, Humanitarianism Contested: Where Angels Fear to Tread (New York: Routledge Press, 2011).

Michael Barnett, The International Humanitarian Order (Security and Governance) (2010)

Michael Barnett and Thomas Weiss (eds.), Humanitarianism in Question: Politics, Power, and Ethics (Cornell University Press, 2008).

Michael Barnett and Raymond Duvall (eds.), Power and Global Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Michael Barnett and Martha Finnemore (eds.), Rules for the World: International Organizations in World Politics (Cornell University Press, 2004).

Updated July, 2014