photo: Martha Finnemore

Martha Finnemore

University Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Room 414
Address: Monroe Hall
2115 G Street, NW
Phone: 202-994-8617
Fax: 202-994-7743

Areas of Expertise

International organizations, organization theory, and ethics in international affairs


Martha Finnemore’s research focuses on global governance, international organizations, ethics, and social theory. She has been a visiting research fellow at the Brookings Institution and Stanford University. She has received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the United States Institute of Peace, among others. She received GW’s Trachtenberg Prize for Scholarship in 2006 and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011.


Ph.D., Stanford University


Dr. Finnemore has also written National Interests in International Society and The Purpose of Intervention, which won the American Political Science Association's Woodrow Wilson Prize as "the best book on government, politics, or international affairs" in 2003. Her scholarly articles have appeared in International Organization, Review of International Studies, and elsewhere.

Classes Taught

PSC 2442 International Institutions in World Politics (for undergrads)

PSC 8226 Politics and Organization (for doctoral students)

PSC 6442 International Institutions in World Politics (for MAs)

HONR 2047 Ethics in World Politics