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Michael Barnett

University Professor of International Affairs & Political Science

Office: 1922 F Street, Ste. 401A

Michael Barnett was previously the Harold Stassen Chair of International Relations at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and Professor of political science at the University of Minnesota. He previously taught at 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.


Barnett teaches and does research on international relations, international organizations, humanitarian action, the United Nations, and the politics of the Middle East. His dissertation won the 1991 APSA's Gabriel Almond Award for Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics and the book based on the dissertation, "Confronting the Costs of War: Military Power, State and Society in Egypt and Israel" (Princeton, 1992), won the ISA's Quincy Wright award. His other major books are "Dialogues in Arab Politics: Negotiations in Regional Order" (Columbia University Press, 1998); "Security Communities" (Cambridge University Press, 1998), which he co-edited with Emanuel Adler; "Eyewitness to a Genocide: The United Nations and Rwanda" (Cornell University Press, 2002), which was a Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title ; and, with Martha Finnemore, "Rules for the World: International Organizations in World Politics" (Cornell University Press, 2004), which won both the ISA's Best Book of the Year Award and the Chadwick Alger Best Book on International Organizations Award; and, Humanitarianism in Question: Politics, Power, and Ethics (Cornell University Press, 2008), which he co-edited with Tom Weiss His scholarly writings have appeared in major professional journals, including "International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, World Politics, and Cultural Anthropology". From 1993 to 1994 Barnett was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow at the U.S. mission to the United Nations, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Currently he is working on several projects related to humanitarianism and directing a Luce Foundation-funded project on religion and humanitarianism.