Michael Barnett

Michael Barnett is a Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at George Washington University. Before his current position, he held posts at the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin, Macalester College, Wellesley College, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  His research interests are humanitarianism and the hierarchies within humanitarian governance, international affairs and governance, Middle Eastern politics, the relationship between human suffering and global progress, and the United Nations. Barnett has received multiple awards and honors for his research and books, including the Yale Ferguson Award (ISA Northeast) for Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism, both the Academic Council on the United Nations System Book Award and the International Studies Association Book Award for Rules for the World: International Organizations in Global Politics (written with Martha Finnemore), and the ISA’s Quincy Wright Book Award for Confronting the Costs of War. His more recent works include Paternalism Beyond Borders and The Stars and Stripes: A History of the Foreign Policies of American Jews.