Michael Goodhart PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2000

4615 WWPH

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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 (from January 1, 2017) and a University Honors College Faculty Fellow. His current research focuses on questions to do with global injustice, responsibility for injustice, and the ways political theorists think about these problems.  He is also interested in the historical and conceptual relationship between human dignity and human rights and in the emerging human rights cities movement.  His core intellectual interests are in the theory and practice of democracy and human rights in the context of globalization and in related questions concerning democratic governance and accountability at the international and transnational levels.  

Dr. Goodhart is author of Democracy as Human Rights: Freedom and Equality in the Age of Globalization (Routledge, 2005), contributing editor of Human Rights: Politics and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2009, 2012, 2016), and contributing co-editor of Social Movements and World-System Transformation (Routledge 2017, forthcoming) and Human Rights in the 21st Century: Continuity and Change since 9/11 (Palgrave, 2011).  He is also author of numerous articles and book chapters.  Dr. Goodhart 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, a member of the Center for Ethics and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and 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.


Areas of Expertise

Political Theory
Human Rights
Justice and Injustice 



Social Movements and World-System Transformation (forthcoming, Routledge 2017; co-editor).


Human Rights: Politics and Practice (Oxford 2016; editor).


“Recent Works on Dignity and Human Rights: A Road Not Taken,” Perspectives on Politics 12.4 (2014): 846-56.


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


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


PS 0600 Political Theory

PS 1607 American Political Thought

PS 1674 Politics of Global Inequality

PS 1675 Politics of Human Rights

PS 2040 Normative Political Science