Michael Goodhart

  • Professor

Michael Goodhart is Professor of Political Science and of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies; he is also Professor (by courtesy) of Philosophy. Goodhart is Director of Pitt’s Global Studies Center and a University Honors College Faculty Fellow. His core research interests include democracy, human rights, (in)justice, and emancipatory political struggles. In AY 2021-22, he is a Fellow of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala.

Dr. Goodhart is author of Injustice: Political Theory for the Real World (Oxford 2018), 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) 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 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.


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

PS 2675 Politics of Human Rights

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2000

Representative Publications

Injustice: Political Theory for the Real World. Oxford University Press (2018).

“Constructing dignity: Human rights as a praxis of egalitarian freedom,” Journal of Human Rights (2018).

Smith, Jackie, Michael Goodhart, Patrick Manning, and John Markoff, eds. Social Movements and World-System Transformation New York: Routledge (2017).

Interpreting Responsibility Politically." Journal of Political Philosophy 25.2 (2017).

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

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

"Human Rights and the Politics of Contestation." In Human Rights at the Crossroads, edited by Mark Goodale. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2013).

Research Interests

Political Theory, Ethics, Democracy, Human Rights, Justice and Injustice, Responsibility, Neoliberalism


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