Michael Goodhart (Ph.D. UCLA, 2000).
I am Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh, where I also hold secondary appointments in Philosophy and Women's Studies.
My current research focuses on empirical and conceptual problems of global injustice. More specifically, I am developing a critique of conventional approaches to global justice that treat it as a moral problem to be addressed through the articulation of an ideal theory of justice. I propose, as an alternative, a free-standing normative and analytic account of injustice. Related projects include work on political responsibility for injustice and on the global appeal of human rights, which I locate in their explicit challenge to domination and oppression. I am also interested in puzzles concerning 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.
I am 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; 2 ed. 2012) and Human Rights in the 21st Century: Continuity and Change since 9/11 (Palgrave, 2011). I recently edited a special issue of Polity (vol. 44, no. 4) entitled "Deepening Democracy," which published the papers of the American Political Scienc Association Task Force on Democracy, Economic Security, and Social Justice in a Volatile World, which I chaired. I have also published numerous articles and book chapters on topics including human rights, global democracy, global democratic accountability, and sovereignty.
I am 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 I sit on several editorial boards. In 2008-2009 I was fortunate to be an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research fellow and Guest Professor at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.