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Michael Tierney is the George and Mary Hylton Professor of Government and International Relations at William & Mary. He serves as the Co-Director of William & Mary's Global Research Institute and is a co-founder of the AidData Center for Development Policy. His expertise includes international organizations, foreign aid, the role of scholars in the policy process, and the role of the BRICS countries in the global development regime. He teaches courses on international relations, international organization, public policy, 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, Security Studies, International Studies Review, Foreign Policy, Journal of IR and Development, Politics and Gender, Environment, International Studies Perspectives, Law and Contemporary Problems, The Journal of Development Studies, and International Politics.

He is currently studying the rise of the BRICS and their impact on the global development regime and is editing a book 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 Initiative, USAID, United Nations University WIDER, and the International Studies Association.

Core Research Interests
International Relations, International Organization, Development Policy, Institutional Theory, and Multinational Multi-Grained Beverages. 




Contact Information 
Phone: (757) 221 3039
College of William & Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-8795
Office: Global Research Institute
427 Scotland Street
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185