Michael N. Barnett

Michael N. Barnett

Michael N. Barnett

University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science



Office Phone: (202) 994-9301
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1957 E St. 605A

Michael Barnett is University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at the George Washington University. His research interests span the Middle East, humanitarianism, global governance, global ethics, and the United Nations. Among his many books are Eyewitness to a Genocide: The United Nations and RwandaDialogues in Arab Politics: Negotiations in Regional OrderEmpire of Humanity: A History of HumanitarianismRules for the World: International Organizations in World Politics (with Martha Finnemore); Security Communities (co-edited with Emanuel Adler); Sacred Aid (co-edited with Janice Stein); Power and Global Governance (co-edited with Raymond Duvall); and Humanitarianism in Question (co-edited with Thomas Weiss). His most recent books include The Star and the Stripes: A History of the Foreign Policies of the American Jews; Paternalism Beyond Borders; and, most recently, the edited collection Humanitarianism and Human Rights: A World of Differences?

His current research projects include an edited volume and the changing forms of global governance (to be published by Cambridge University Press), hierarchies in humanitarian governance; the end of the two state-solution and the rise of the one-state reality in Israel/Palestine; and the relationship between suffering and progress in the liberal international order. 

A former Associate Editor of International Organization, 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.

International affairs, global governance, humanitarianism, and the Middle East

HONR 2047 - Humanitarian Governance

HONR 2175 - Humanitarianism

PSC 2994 - Global Governance

Professor Barnett has published extensively on international relations theory, global governance, humanitarian action, and the Middle East. He is the author of many books, including a history of humanitarianism, The Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism.