Martha Finnemore

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Martha Finnemore (born 1959)[1] is a prominent constructivist scholar of international relations, and University Professor[2] at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. She is best known for her books: National Interests in International Society, The Purpose of Intervention, and Rules for the World (with Michael Barnett) which helped to pioneer constructivism. In 2009, a survey of over 2700 international relations faculty in ten countries named her one of the twenty five most influential scholars in the discipline, and one of the five scholars whose work in the last five years has been the most interesting;[3] an earlier survey of over 1000 American international relations faculty also ranked her similarly in both categories.[4] In 2011 she was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[5]

Finnemore completed her B.A. at Harvard, followed by an M.A. from the University of Sydney and a Ph.D. in 1991 from Stanford.[6][7] Her husband, David Furth,[8] is acting chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission.[9]


  • Finnemore, Martha (1996), National Interests in International Society, Cornell University Press, ISBN 978-0-8014-8323-3.[10][11][12]
  • Finnemore, Martha (2003), The Purpose of Intervention: Changing Beliefs about the Use of Force, Cornell University Press, ISBN 978-0-8014-3845-5.[13][14][15] Winner, American Political Science Association's Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book on government, politics, or international affairs, 2004.[16][17]
  • Barnett, Michael N.; Finnemore, Martha (2004), Rules for the World: International Organizations in Global Politics, Cornell University Press, ISBN 978-0-8014-8823-8.[18][19][20][21] Winner, International Studies Association Book Award, 2006, and Academic Council of the United Nations System Book Award, 2007.[16]


  1. ^ As listed in Thamassat University library catalog.
  2. ^ Announced Nov. 21, 2011:
  3. ^ Jordan, Richard; Maliniak, Daniel; Oakes, Amy; Peterson, Susan; Tierney, Michael J. (2009), One Discipline or Many? TRIP Survey of International Relations Faculty in Ten Countries (PDF), archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-07-11. For 2014 results that if anything ranked her even more highly see 2014 FP Ivory Tower Survey.
  4. ^ Peterson, Susan; Tierney, Michael J.; Maliniak, Daniel (2005), Teaching and Research Practices, Views on the Discipline, and Policy Attitudes of International Relations Faculty at U.S. Colleges and Universities (PDF), archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-02-16.
  5. ^ Article on election to AAAS.
  6. ^ Finnemore's web page at GWU.
  7. ^ Entry for her thesis, "Science, the state, and international society" Archived 2012-02-23 at the Wayback Machine., in the Stanford library system.
  8. ^ National Interests in International Society, p. xi.
  9. ^ Acting Chairman Copps Announces David Furth as Acting Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Archived 2009-05-08 at the Wayback Machine., FCC, January 28, 2009.
  10. ^ Review by Rob Dixon in Millennium 26: 170 (1997), doi:10.1177/03058298970260010313.
  11. ^ Review by David Dessler in American Journal of Sociology 103: 785–786 (1997), doi:10.1086/231265.
  12. ^ Review by Ted Hopf in American Political Science Review 93: 752–754 (1999), doi:10.2307/2585645.
  13. ^ Review by Simon Collard-Wexler in Millennium 33: 183 (2004), doi:10.1177/03058298040330010906.
  14. ^ Review by Georg Nolte in European Journal of International Law 16: 167–169 (2005), doi:10.1093/ejil/chi113.
  15. ^ Review by Richard Ned Lebow in Journal of Cold War Studies 8: 148–149 (1006), doi:10.1162/jcws.2006.8.1.148.
  16. ^ a b GWU Elliott School Professor Finnemore Awarded for her Rules of the World[permanent dead link], GWU, November 29, 2005.
  17. ^ Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award, APSA.
  18. ^ Review by Michelle Egan in Millennium 34: 591 (2006), doi:10.1177/03058298060340021703.
  19. ^ Review by Pepper D. Culpepper in Perspectives on Politics 4: 623–625 (2006), doi:10.1017/S1537592706670369.
  20. ^ Review by Jacob Katz Cogan in The American Journal of International Law 100: 278–281 (2006), doi:10.2307/3518865.
  21. ^ Review by Paul F. Diehl in Journal of Cold War Studies 9: 129–130 (2007), doi:10.1162/jcws.2007.9.4.129.