Curriculum Vitae

Mortara Center for International Studies
Georgetown University
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CV McNamara March 2017


Professor, Department of Government and Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (2016-present).
Distinguished Scholar in Residence, School of International Service, American University (2016-17).
Associate Professor with tenure, Department of Government and Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (2003-2016).
Director, Mortara Center for International Studies (January 2010-June 2016).
Visiting Professor, Sciences Po, Paris, Center for European Studies (Summer 2006).
Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs, (1995-2003), Lecturer (1994-95) Department of Politics and Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University.

Ph.D., Political Science, Columbia University (1995)
M.I.A., School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University (1989)
B.A. with Honours in Geography, McGill University (1984)

International Relations, International Political Economy; International Organization; European Union Politics; Comparative Politics; Culture and Social Theory.


“Bringing Class Back In: Cultural Bubbles and American Political Polarization,” presented at the Seminar on the State and Capitalism, Harvard University, 10 March 2017.

“The Limits of Legitimacy: How the EU Could Become a Spoiler in the Global Financial Order,” presented at “The New Financial Geopolitics,” Brown University, March 24, 2017.

“How Theories of State-Building Explain the EU,” for presentation at the European Union Studies Association, Miami, FL, 5 May 2017.

“Seeing Like the EU: the Promise and Pitfalls of Moravcsik’s Intergovernmentalism” for presentation at Princeton University, May 8, 2017.

The Politics of Everyday Europe: Constructing Authority in the European Union
(Oxford University Press, 2015). Reviews: Foreign Affairs, Current History, Perspectives on Europe, Journal of Global Security Studies, Journal of Common Market Studies, Russia Direct, Journal of Contemporary European Studies.
Making History: European Integration and Institutional Change at Fifty, co-editor with Sophie Meunier, (Oxford University Press, 2007).
The Currency of Ideas: Monetary Politics in the European Union (Cornell University Press,1998; paperback edition with new preface, 1999).

 Refereed Articles
“Imagining Europe: The Cultural Foundations of EU Governance,” Journal of Common Market Studies 53 (2015):1-18.
“The Euro Crisis’ Theory Effect: Northern Saints, Southern Sinners, and the Demise of the Eurobond” (with Matthias Matthijs), Journal of European Integration 37/2 (2015): 229-245.
“International Political Economy, Global Financial Orders and the 2008 Financial Crisis,” (with Daniel Drezner), Perspectives on Politics 11/1 (March 2013): 155-166.
“Constructing the EU: Insights from Historical Sociology,” Comparative European Politics 8 (2010).
“Of Intellectual Monocultures and the Study of International Political Economy,” Review of International Political Economy, 16: 1 (February 2009).
“A Rivalry in the Making? The Euro and International Monetary Power” Review of International Political Economy 15:3 (August 2008).
“Economic Governance, Ideas, and EMU: What Currency Does Policy Consensus Have Today?” Special Issue of Journal of Common Market Studies, “The Theory and Practice of Economic Governance in EMU Revisited,” (November 2006).
“Between National Sovereignty and International Power: What External Voice for the Euro?” (with Sophie Meunier) International Affairs 78, October 2002. Reprinted in Problemes Economiques, August 2003.
“Rational Fictions: Central Bank Independence and the Social Logic of Delegation” in a special issue on “The Politics of Delegation” edited by Alec Stone Sweet and Mark Thatcher, West European Politics (January 2002). Winner of the Vincent Wright Memorial Prize.
“Consensus and Constraint: Ideas and Capital Mobility in European Monetary Integration,” Journal of Common Market Studies 37 (September 1999). Winner of The Journal of Common Market Studies Best Article Prize.
“The Clash of Institutions: Germany in European Monetary Affairs,” (with Erik Jones) and Editor, Money Talks? Germany and the New Europe. Special issue of German Politics and Society 14 (Fall 1996).

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters
“Forgotten Embeddedness: History Lessons for the Euro” in Matthias Matthijs and Mark Blyth eds, The Future of the Euro (Oxford University Press, 2015).
“Building Culture: The Architecture and Geography of Governance in the European Union,” in Stefanie Börner and Monika Eigmüller, eds. European Integration, Processes of Change and the National Experience. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
“Imaginary Europe: The euro as symbol and practice,” in Giovanni Moro, ed., The Single Currency and European Citizenship (Bloomsbury, 2013).
“Constructing Authority in the European Union” in Deborah Avant, Martha Finnemore and Susan Sell, eds., Who Governs the Globe? (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
“The Ties that Bind? US-EU Economic Relations and the Transatlantic Alliance” in Temporary Irritation or Enduring Crisis? The Transatlantic Relationship, edited by G. John Ikenberry, Thomas Risse and Jeffrey Anderson (Cornell University Press, 2008).
“Making History: European Integration and Institutional Change at Fifty” (with Sophie Meunier) introductory chapter in Meunier and McNamara, eds., Making History: European Integration and Institutional Change at Fifty (Oxford University Press, 2007).
“Globalization, Institutions, and Convergence: Fiscal Adjustment on the Way to EMU,” in Miles Kahler and David Lake, eds., Globalizing Authority (Princeton University Press, 2003).
“Towards a Federal Europe? The Euro and Institutional Change in Historical Perspective” in Tanja A. Borzel and Rachel A. Cichowski, eds., State of the European Union, Vol.6: Law, Politics, and Society (Oxford University Press, 2003).
“The Institutional Dilemmas of Market Integration: Compliance and International Regimes for Trade and Finance,” in Michael Doyle and Edward Luck, eds., International Law and Organization: Closing the Compliance Gap (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003).
“Statebuilding and the Territorialization of Money: Creating the American Greenback” in David M. Andrews, C. Randall Henning, and Louis W. Pauly, eds., Governing the World’s Money (Cornell University Press, 2002).
“Where Do Rules Come From? The Creation of the European Central Bank” in Alec Stone Sweet, Neil Fligstein, and Wayne Sandholtz, eds., The Institutionalization of Europe (Oxford University Press, 2001).
“Structural Indeterminacy and Sectoral Interests in European Monetary Integration” in Timothy J. Sinclair and Kenneth P. Thomas, eds., Structure and Agency in International Capital Mobility (Palgrave, 2001).
“Common Markets, Uncommon Currencies: Systems Effects and the European Community” in Jack Snyder and Robert Jervis, eds., Coping With Complexity in the International System (Westview Press, 1992).

 Other Publications
“Regional Monetary and Financial Governance” in Thomas Risse and Tanja Börzel, eds., Oxford Handbook on Regional Governance (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).
“Banking on Legitimacy: The ECB and the Eurozone Crisis,” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs,” Fall (2012).
US Standing in the World: Causes, Consequences and the Future. Contributor to the Public Report of the Task Force on US Standing in World Affairs Chaired by APSA President Peter Katzenstein (American Political Science Association, October 2009).
“Managing the Euro: The European Central Bank: ” in John Peterson and Michael Shackleton, eds., The Institutions of the European Union (Oxford University Press, 2006).
“Economic and Monetary Union: Innovation and Challenges for the Euro” in William Wallace, Helen Wallace and Mark Pollack, eds., Policy-Making in the European Union, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2005).
“Making Money, Making States: Political Development, the Euro, and the American Greenback.” University of California at Berkeley, Institute of European Studies Working Paper (2004).
“European Monetary System” and “Exchange Rate Mechanism'” in R.J. Barry Jones, ed. The Routledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy (2001).
“The Promise of EMU and the Problem of Legitimacy” (with Neil Fligstein), Center for Society and Economy Policy Newsletter, University of Michigan Business School, Spring 2000.
“European Monetary Union and International Economic Cooperation,” International Finance Section Report, Princeton University, 1998.
“Ideas, Culture and Political Analysis: the State of the Field,” (with Sheri Berman) European Studies Newsletter (May-June 1998).
“Integrating Left and Right,” European Community Studies Association Review (Fall 1998).
“European Monetary System” in Desmond Dinan, ed., Encyclopedia of the European Union (Boulder: Lynne Reinner, 1998).
“Germany’s Monetary Role in Europe” (with Erik Jones). Occasional Paper, European Studies Seminar Series. The Johns Hopkins University, Bologna Center, April 1996.

Academic Activities
Book reviews published in American Political Science Review, European Community Studies Association Review, Journal of International Affairs, Political Science Quarterly, Journal of Politics.
Manuscript reviewer for International Organization, American Political Science Review, Princeton University Press, Cornell University Press, Cambridge University Press, University of Chicago Press, Harvard University Press, Oxford University Press.

Regular panel presentations and roundtables at the American Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, the European Union Studies Association, and the Conference of Europeanists.

Recent invited academic seminar presentations include the Center for European Studies, Harvard University; the London School of Economics; St Antony’s College, Oxford University; University of Toronto; Reppy Institute Seminar at Cornell University; Center for European Studies at Syracuse University; Program on International Political Economy and Security at the University of Chicago; Department of Political Science, Yale University; Department of Political Science, University of Oregon at Eugene; Department of Politics, University of Virginia; Dickey Center, Dartmouth College; University of Pennsylvania-Temple European Studies Consortium; Princeton University IR Faculty Colloquium; and Department of Political Science, McGill University.

COURSES TAUGHT (Doctoral, Masters, and Undergraduate Levels)
Theories of International Relations (PhD); Theory and Practice of International Politics (required Masters public policy introductory course); International Political Economy (PhD and undergraduate levels); Globalization and the State; Imagining Europe – The EU in Historical Perspective; The Political Economy of the Global Financial Crisis; Global Governance, Regionalism and the EU (undergraduate and masters public policy levels).

JiYoung Lee (American University)
Sara Wallace Goodman (University of California-Irvine)
Mai’a Davis Cross (Northeastern University)
Elizabeth Bloodgood (Concordia University)
Jennifer Heeg (SSG/USAID)
Jonathan Monten (University of Oklahoma)
Matthias Matthijs (Johns Hopkins University)
Aaron Boeseneker (American University)
Sarah Cleeland Knight (American University)
Kristine Mitchell (Dickinson College)
Thane C. Clare (Commander, US Navy)
Rafeal Frankel (BowerGroupAsia)
Loriana Crasic (in progress)
Nikhil Kalyanpur (in progress)
Madison Schramm (in progress)

Keynote Lecture, Journal of Common Market Studies Annual Review “Imagining Europe: The Cultural Foundations of EU Governance,” Conference of Europeanists. Paris, France July 2015.
Vincent Wright Memorial Prize for “Significant contribution to the study of comparative European politics” for “Rational Fictions: Central Bank Independence and the Social Logic of Delegation,” West European Politics (January 2002).
Journal of Common Market Studies Best Article Prize for “Consensus and Constraint: Ideas and Capital Mobility in European Monetary Integration,” Journal of Common Market Studies 37 (September 1999).
Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, 1999-2000
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, The German Marshall Fund, 1996-97
Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to the European Community, 1993-94
European Community Studies Association Doctoral Fellowship, 1993-94
MacArthur Fellowship in International Conflict, Peace and Security, 1992-93
Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, Council for European Studies, 1991-92

 Other Awards & Fellowships
Faculty Research Summer Fellowship, Georgetown University, Summer 2014
Faculty Research Fellowship, Georgetown University, Spring 2006.
Center for International Political Economy Fellowship, Summer, 1998
SSRC-MacArthur Foundation, International Peace and Security Grant, Summer 1997
Fellow, Center for German & European Studies, Georgetown University 1996-97(declined)
Junior Fellow, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies 1996-97 (declined)
Dwight Eisenhower/Clifford Roberts Graduate Fellowship, 1991-92
“Ideas and Culture in Political Analysis,” co-investigator with Sheri Berman for workshop meeting funded by SSRC-MacArthur Foundation, the Council for European Studies, and Center of International Studies, Princeton University (1998).
“Structure and Agency in International Capital Mobility,” co-investigator for workshop meeting and edited volume funded by the Council for European Studies and the International Studies Association (1996).

Director, Mortara Center for International Studies, Georgetown University (2010-2016)
Developed a comprehensive and coherent set of programs to promote scholarly, interdisciplinary research by faculty and students, advancing policy-relevant ideas and generating communities of research and practice on key global issues.

  • Integrated Georgetown undergraduates into life of Center with new, intensive Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellows (MURFs) program.
  • Established six biweekly research seminars for faculty and students across the intellectual communities of the School of Foreign Service.
  • Implemented budgetary strategies to steer Center through constrained endowment payout period while maximizing Mortara Center programming and activities.  Upgraded Mortara’s communications and outreach activities.
  • Won $800,000 Carnegie Bridging the Gap Grant (with the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy) in 2016 to build out Mortara’s post-doctoral and public commentary work.

University & Department Administrative Experience
Mid-Career Faculty Working Group (2015-). Member of small group convened by the Provost to develop programs to support promotion of associate professors.
University Search Committee, Dean, School of Foreign Service (2014-15).
Faculty Liaison, Women’s PhD Caucus, Department of Government (2015-)
International Relations Field Chair, Department of Government (2006-2009). Set curriculum, staffed classes and upgraded requirements for IR major.
International Politics Major Chair, School of Foreign Service (2008-2009).
University Search Committee, Dean, School of Foreign Service- Qatar (2010-11).
Omnibus Faculty Search Committee, Government Department (2011-12); Al Thani Chair in Science, Technology and International Affairs Search Committee, School of Foreign Service (2011-12); acted as chair or committee member for multiple faculty searches in Government and School of Foreign Service (2003-2012).
Other service: chaired and served on multiple tenure committees, School of Foreign Service and Government Department; Graduate and Undergraduate Admissions and Fellowship Committees; Faculty annual compensation committee; and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Faculty Fellowship Committees.

 American Political Science Association
Executive Committee, International Politics & History Section, American Political Science Association.
Chair, Jervis-Schroeder Best Book Award Committee, International History and Politics Section (2012); Committee Member, APSA Best Book Prize, European Politics and Society (2004).
Program Chair, International History and Politics Section, APSA Annual Meeting (2013); Program Chair, International Political Economy Section, APSA Annual Meeting (2003).
Member, APSA President Peter Katzenstein’s Task Force on US Standing in World Affairs (2008-2010).

Council for European Studies
Conference Co-Chair, 2014 Conference of Europeanists, Council for European Studies.   Lead year-long effort for planning and organization of major international conference with 1000 attendees: writing call for papers, recruiting conference committee, overseeing initial evaluation of 1500 proposal submissions, and assembling conference program of 200 sessions, along with high profile plenary and roundtable events.
Committee Member, Council for European Studies Best Book Prize (2008), Best Dissertation Prize (2010).

Other Scholarly Administrative Experience
Senior Editor, International Studies Quarterly (2013-14); Associate Editor, World Politics (1995-2002).
Co-organizer, Mini-Conference, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE). “Building Bridges between Economic Sociology and International Political Economy,” Berkeley, June 2016.
Executive Committee, European Community Studies Association, (1997-99).

Member, National Intelligence Council, Working Group on Strategic Responses to American Decline (2004-present).
Permanent Member, Council on Foreign Relations (2003-present).
Executive Board, Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control (2002- 2014).
Working Group Memberships: Working Group on the Transatlantic Economy 2020, The Atlantic Council of the United States (2003-2005); Stakeholders Group/Transatlantic Economic Relations, Department of State (2004-2005).
Legislative Assistant, U.S. Representative S. B. McKinney (R-CT), US House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., 1984-87.

 Invited Expert Policy Briefings on the Euro and the European Central Bank
U.S. Federal Reserve, Board of Directors and executive staff; National Intelligence Council, Washington, DC; European Central Bank, Executive Board and staff.
Other selected invited policy talks: Council on Foreign Relations (NY – February 2012; Washington, DC October 2011). Delegation of the European Union, Washington; American Society for International Law Annual Conference; Royal Institute for International Affairs/Chatham House, London; Olof Palme International Centre, Stockholm, Sweden.

 Selected Public Commentary
Depoliticization Frays EU Bonds” 
The Georgetown Hoya (September 27, 2016).
Did UK Voters Think of Themselves as European? Not So Much,” The Monkey Cage/Washington Post (July 12, 2016).
“Brexit’s False DemocracyForeignAffairs.Com (June 28, 2016).
“How the Monkey Cage Went Ape” (Interview), The Chronicle of Higher Education (January 10, 2016).
“How to Save the Schengen Zone” (November 25, 2015).
“Kathleen McNamara on Greece and the EU” Foreign Affairs Podcasts (August 27, 2015).
“The Greek Crisis and What it Means for the Eurozone,” National Public Radio: The Exchange (August 5, 2015).
“This is What Economists Don’t Understand about the Euro Crisis – or the U.S. Dollar.” The Monkey Cage/Washington Post (July 21, 2015).
“A Less Perfect Union: Europe After the Greek Debt Crisis.” Foreign Affairs.Com (July 19, 2015).
“Greece’s Economic Crisis Presents Major Challenge To The Euro.” Interview with Robert Siegel of All Things Considered, National Public Radio, (June 30, 2015).
“What is the European Union, Exactly?” (Interview) The Atlantic (June 30, 2015).
“The euro is an experiment in making a currency without a government. That’s why it’s in trouble.” The Monkey Cage/Washington Post (June 28, 2015).
“West and Russia in Diplomatic Bind Over Ukraine” (Interview) Voice of America News (May 8, 2014).
“Dr. Kate McNamara on the Morning Briefing,” POTUS (Politics of the United States) SIRIUS Radio (March 21, 2014).
“The EU After Ukraine.” (March 4, 2014).
“Cameron’s European Gambit.” The Monkey Cage/Washington Post (January 23, 2013).
“Central Bank Becomes an Unlikely Hero in Euro Crisis” (Quoted) New York Times (January 20, 2012).
“It’s the Politics, Stupid: The eurozone crisis isn’t about debt or deficits — it’s about a dysfunctional political system.” (December 16, 2011).
“Can the Eurozone Be Saved? Yes, but the European Summit was Too Little, Too Late” (April 7, 2011).
“The Eurocrisis and the Uncertain Future of European Integration” Council on Foreign Relations Special Report (September 2010).
“What to Read on the European Union,” (March 2010).
“Slow Train to Brussels” The National (June 25, 2009)
“Bank on Democracy: Why Central Banks Need Public Oversight,” (with Sheri Berman) Foreign Affairs 78 (March/April 1999).