About Me

Kathleen R. McNamara is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Her work focuses on how class and identity politics interact, on the evolution of the European Union, the politics of the Euro and the European Central Bank, and international political economy IMG_0821issues more generally. She is the author of “The Politics of Everyday Europe: Constructing Authority in the European Union” (Oxford University Press, 2015), which investigates the gradual cultural transformations that only partially legitimate the EU’s power. Her other books are “The Currency of Ideas: Monetary Politics in the European Union” (Cornell University Press, 1998) and “Making History: European Integration and Institution Change at Fifty” (Oxford University Press, 2007).  She also  has published numerous essays on globalization, economic institutions, and the role of norms and culture in policymaking.

At Georgetown, Dr. McNamara served as Director of the Mortara Center for International Studies from 2010-2016, building a robust scholarly infrastructure for faculty, a new undergraduate research fellows program, and promoting vibrant interdisciplinary debate over key global challenges. Dr. McNamara also has taught at Princeton University and Sciences Po (Paris), and has been a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, a German Marshall Fund Fellow, and a Fulbright Fellow. During 2016-17, she was a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the School of International Service, American University (2016-17). She is a participant in a variety of government and NGO policy groups, has written extensively for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, and among her media appearances, has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.She received her PhD from Columbia University and her BA from McGill University.  Click here for her CV.