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. 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.


2013. Back to Basics: State Power in a Contemporary World, Martha Finnemore and Judith Goldstein, eds. (Oxford University Press 2013)

2010. Who Governs the Globe?, Martha Finnemore, Deborah Avant and Susan Sell, eds. (Cambridge University Press 2010)

2004. Rules for the World: International Organizations in Global Politics. Martha Finnemore and Michael Barnett. (Cornell University Press 2004)    
         • Winner of the International Studies Association’s Best Book Award in 2006. 

2003. The Purpose of Intervention: Changing Beliefs about the Use of Force. (Cornell University Press 2003)
         • Winner of the the American Political Science Association's Woodrow Wilson Prize in 2003.

1996. National Interests in International Society. (Cornell University Press 1996)

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

2014. “Getting a Seat at the Table: The Origins of Universal Participation in Modern Multilateral Conferences” (with Michelle Jurkovich), Global Governance 20, 3: 361-73.

2014. “Dynamics of Global Governance: building on what we know,” International Studies Quarterly 58, 1: 221–224.

2009. "Ontology and Methodology in the American School of IPE" (with Henry Farrell), Review of International Political Economy 61, 1: 58-71.

2009. "Legitimacy, Hypocrisy, and the Social Structure of Unipolarity," World Politics 61, 1: 58-85.

2005. "Fights about Rules: the role of efficacy and power in changing multilateralism," Review of International Studies 31: 187-206.

2001. "Exporting the English School,” Review of International Studies 27, 3: 509-13.

2001. "Alternatives to ‘Legalization’: Richer Views of Law and Politics" (with Stephen J. Toope), International Organization 55: 743-58.

2001. "Taking Stock: The Constructivist Research Program in International Relations and Comparative Politics" (with Kathryn Sikkink), Annual Review of Political Science 4: 391-416.

2000. "Are Legal Norms Distinctive?" Journal of International Law and Politics 32: 699-705.

1999. "The Politics, Power, and Pathologies of International Organizations" (with Michael Barnett), International Organization 53: 699-732.

1998. "International Norm Dynamics and Political Change" (with Kathryn Sikkink), International Organization 52: 887-917.

1996. "Norms, Culture, and World Politics: Insights from Sociology's Institutionalism," International Organization 50: 325-47.

1993. "International Organizations as Teachers of Norms: UNESCO and Science Policy," International Organization 47: 565-98.

Chapters in Edited Volumes:

2013. "Puzzles about Power" and "Power Politics in the Contemporary World" (with Judith Goldstein), in Back to Basics: State Power in a Contemporary World. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013, 3-27.

2010. ”Who Governs the Globe?" in Avant et al. Who Governs the Globe? New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010, 1-31.

2008. "Paradoxes in Humanitarian Intervention" in Richard Price (ed.), Moral Limit and Possibility in World Politics. New York: Cambridge University Press, 197-224.

2007. "Political Approaches [to the United Nations]" (with Michael Barnett) in Thomas Weiss and Sam Daws (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the United Nations. New York: Oxford University Press, 41-57.

2007. "The Politics of Global Partnership" in Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff, Stephen C. Smith, and Hildy Teegen (eds.), NGOs and the Millennium Development Goals: Citizen Action to Reduce Poverty. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 103-12.

2006. "New Directions, New Collaborations for International Law and International Relations" in Thomas Biersteker et al. (eds.), International Law and International Relations: Bridging Theory and Practice. New York: Routledge, 266-77.

2005. "The Power of Liberal International Organizations" (with Michael Barnett) in Michael Barnett and Raymond Duvall (eds.), Power and Global Governance. New York: Cambridge University Press, 161-84.

1999. "Rules of War and Wars of Rules: the International Red Cross and the Restraint of State Violence" in John Boli and George M. Thomas (eds.), Constructing World Culture: International Nongovernmental Organizations Since 1875. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 149-65.

1998. "Military Intervention and the Organization of International Politics" in Joseph Lepgold and Thomas G. Weiss (eds.), Collective Conflict Management and Changing World Politics. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 181-204.

1998. "Redefining Development at the World Bank" in Frederick Cooper and Randall Packard (eds.), International Development and the Social Sciences. Berkeley: University of California Press, 203-227.

1996. "Constructing Norms of Humanitarian Intervention" in Peter J. Katzenstein (ed.), The Culture of National Security: Norms, Identity, and World Politics. New York: Columbia University Press, 153-85.