Michael Tierney

Michael Tierney is the George and Mary Hylton Professor of Government and International Relations. He directs the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, and the AidData Center for Development Policy.

Tierney received a B.A. from William & Mary in 1987, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego in 2003. He teaches courses on international relations, international organization, and international development. He has published two books: Greening Aid? Understanding the Environmental Impact of Development Assistance, Oxford University Press, 2008; Delegation and Agency in International Organizations, Cambridge University Press, 2006. He has published articles in a variety of journals including International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, World Development, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Review of International Organizations, Review of International Political Economy, International Studies Review, Foreign Policy, Journal of IR and Development, Politics and Gender, Environment, International Studies Perspectives, Law and Contemporary Problems, and International Politics. He is currently studying the rise of the BRICS and their impact on the global development regime and a project that explores the relationship between IR as a scholarly discipline and IR as lived by practitioners.

Professor Tierney has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the World Bank, the DOD Minerva Project,  USAID, United Nations University WIDER, and the International Studies Association.

Content by Michael Tierney
  • Blog post

    Are African leaders misusing Chinese development finance? The price of country ownership

    In a 2012 blog post, MIT’s Daron Acemoglu and Harvard’s James Robinson call attention to a “fancy school” built in a small village in Sierra Leone and financed by Chinese development aid. They ask a pointed question: “Why would anyone want to build a wonderful school in the middle of what Africans call ‘the bush’?” As Acemoglu and Robinson explain, “Yoni...

    18 Aug 2015 | Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Roland Hodler, Bradley Parks, Paul Raschky, Michael Tierney