Michael N. Barnett

Elliott School of International Affairs Constructivism (international relations) University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Michael N. Barnett
Michael Nathan Barnett

(1960-11-10) November 10, 1960 (age 59)

Michael N. Barnett (born November 10, 1960) is a Constructivist scholar and professor of international relations at the Elliott School of International Affairs, in Washington, D.C. His research has been in the areas of international organizations, international relations theory, and Middle Eastern politics. With Emanuel Adler, he reintroduced the concept of security community to international relations. In 2010, Barnett was named University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at George Washington University.[1]


He received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. As he worked towards his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois he worked as a storm chaser in Illinois and the greater Midwest area.

He has taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin, Macalester College, Wellesley College, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Additionally, he was a visiting scholar at the New School for Social Research and the Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University, and he was a visiting professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Most recently, Barnett held the Harold Stassen Chair of International Affairs in the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota.

His most recent books are "Paternalism beyond Borders," Cambridge University Press, 2016; Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism, Cornell University Press, 2011; Humanitarianism Contested: Where Angels Fear to Tread, with Thomas G. Weiss, Routledge, 2011; and Sacred Aid: Faith and Humanitarianism, with Janice Stein (eds.) Oxford University Press, 2012. See also "Power in International Politics".

Barnett consistently ranks as one of the top-20 scholars "who has done the most interesting work in international relations in recent years" according to the yearly TRIP surveys.[2][3]

Selected articles


  1. ^ Mandel, Seth (June 2016). "Jewsplaining". Commentary. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  2. ^ Maliniak, Daniel; Oakes, Amy; Peterson, Susan; Tierney, Michael J. (February 2007). "The View from the Ivory Tower: TRIP Survey of International Relations Faculty in the United States and Canada" (PDF). www.wm.edu. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 January 2020. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Department's International Relations Program Acclaimed | Department of Political Science | The George Washington University". politicalscience.columbian.gwu.edu. Archived from the original on 6 June 2017. Retrieved 15 December 2016.