Kathleen R McNamara




Department of Government
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204 Mortara Center


Kathleen R. McNamara is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University,and during the 2016-17 year, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the School of International Service at American University. Her work focuses on how class and identity politics interact, the evolution of the European Union, the politics of the Euro and the European Central Bank, and international political economy issues more generally. She is the author of “The Politics of Everyday Europe: Constructing Authority in the European Union” (Oxford University Press, 2016), 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. She received her PhD from Columbia University and her BA from McGill University.


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  • Ph.D. () Columbia University,
  • M.I.A. () Columbia University (SIPA), International Affairs
  • B.A. Honours () McGill University, Geography