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 also a University Honors College Faculty Fellow. On Jan. 1, 2017 Dr. Goodhart will take over as Director of the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

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. I am also interested in epistemology and in methodology in political theory.

Dr. Goodhart is presently Chair of the Governance Committee of 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

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.

“Democracy as Human Rights,” in Routledge Handbook of Human Rights, Thomas Cushman, ed. London: Routledge, 2011.

“Human Rights and Global Democracy,” Ethics and International Affairs 22, 4 (2008): 395-420.

“Neither Relative nor Universal: A Response to Donnelly,” Human Rights Quarterly 30, 1 (2008): 183-93.