Martha Finnemore

Martha Finnemore

Martha Finnemore

University Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Full-time Faculty


Office Phone: 202-994-6290
Fax: 202-994-5477

Martha Finnemore is University 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 most recent books are Back to Basics: State Power in a Contemporary World (Oxford University Press 2013) and Who Governs the Globe? (Cambridge University Press 2010). Her articles have appeared in International Organization, World Politics, Annual Review of Political Science, Review of International Studies, Review of International Political Economy, Global Governance, Foreign Affairs and elsewhere. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 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.

International organizations, organization theory, global governance, and ethics in international affairs

Ph.D., Stanford University

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

Dr. Finnemore's scholarly articles have appeared in International OrganizationWorld PoliticsForeign AffairsInternational Studies QuarterlyReview of International Studies, and other top journals.