Department’s International Relations Program Acclaimed

George Washington University’s international affairs program soared in the 2011 survey conducted by the Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP) project. This survey explores the views of international relations faculty from all four-­-year colleges and universities in the United States.

This assessment demonstrates that GW is a preferred destination for students interested in studying international affairs. At the undergraduate level, GW ranked as the 9th best program (compared to the 2009 survey when it was not listed among the top 15). The masters’ program rose to 7th, while the Ph.D. program ranked 15th.

The political science department is central to GW’s strength in international affairs. Two of our IR faculty were listed among those who produced the best work in IR in the past 20 years: Martha Finnemore and Michael Barnett. Finnemore was named as the scholar who produced the most interesting scholarship in the past five years, and Barnett was also listed as producing interesting work. Finnemore also was designated as one of the scholars with the greatest influence on the field of IR in the past 20 years.

Finnemore was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011, one of the nation’s most prestigious societies for achievements in science, scholarship, business, public affairs and the arts. She also was appointed a University Professor in 2011, joining an elite group of the University’s most distinguished faculty. Finnemore published Who Governs the Globe? in 2010 (Cambridge University Press) with GW colleague Susan Sell and former GW faculty member Deborah Avant.

Barnett came to GW in 2010 as a University Professor. Barnett, a renowned expert in international affairs and international organizations, enhanced the Department’s existing strength in international organizations. His recent book, Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism, was published in 2011 by Cornell University Press.

In recent years, the Department built on its strength in international relations. We added several senior IR faculty in the past three years. In addition to Barnett, Charles Glaser and Alexander Downes joined the Department. Glaser came to GW in 2009 from the University of Chicago. His book, Rational Theory of International Politics, was published by Princeton University Press in 2010. Downes joined the Department in 2011 from Duke University. His current research focuses on the consequences of foreign-­-imposed regime change. Glaser and Downes give added visibility to the Department’s international security scholars.

The Department’s successes in national rankings, including the TRIP survey, validate the GW’s designation as a center of excellence.

» Foreign Policy feature on rankings
» TRIP Survey Results