Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
Affiliate CEP Faculty

Michael Goodhart

Michael Goodhart is Associate Professor of Political Science, and he holds secondary appointments in Philosophy and in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. He is Director of the Global Studies Center at Pitt, where he is also a University Honors College Faculty Fellow.

His current research focuses on problems of global injustice, on the theory and practice of democracy and human rights in the context of globalization, and on related puzzles concerning international and transnational democratic governance and accountability. He is also interested in epistemology and in methodology in political theory.

Dr. Goodhart is active in the Association for Political Theory. He also chaired the recent APSA Presidential Task Force on Democracy, Economic Security, and Social Justice in a Volatile World. He is an affiliate of the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut and he sits on several editorial boards. In 2008-2009 he was an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research fellow and Guest Professor in the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin.

Recent Publications

"Human Rights and Human Dignity: A Constitutive Account," Journal of Human Rights, forthcoming.

"Interpreting Responsibility Politically," Journal of Political Philosophy, forthcoming.

"Reflection Now: Critique and Solidarity in the Trump Era" (with Jeanne Morefield), Theory & Event 20(1), January 2017 Supplement, 68-85.

Social Movements and World-System Transformation, Jackie Smith, Michael Goodhart, Patrick Manning, and John Markoff, eds. New York: Routledge 2016.

Human Rights: Politics and Practice. (editor) Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009, 2012, 2016.

“Accountable International Relations,” in The Oxford Handbook of Public Accountability, Mark Bovins, Robert Goodin, and Thomas Schillemans, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

“Constructing Global Justice: A Critique,” Ethics and Global Politics 5, 1 (2012), 1-26.

“Human Rights and the Politics of Contestation,” in Human Rights at the Crossroads, Mark Goodale, ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

“The New Sovereigntist Challenge for Global Governance: Democracy without Sovereignty” (with Stacy Bondanella Taninchev), International Studies Quarterly, 55, 4 (2011), 1047-1068.

“Democratic Accountability in Global Politics: Norms, not Agents,” Journal of Politics, 73, 1 (2011): 45–60.