Dr. Michael Tierney is the George and Mary Hylton Professor of Government and International Relations, a founder of AidData, and the head of the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations (ITPIR), administrative home of AidData. In total, ITPIR houses five major research projects or centers. Mike serves as Principal Investigator on AidData’s five-year, $25 million cooperative agreement with USAID. His expertise includes international organizations, the role of IR scholars in policymaking, and the development role of the BRICSA countries and their impact on the global development regime.
Mike teaches 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 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. Mike holds a PhD in Political Science and Government from UC San Diego, and a BA in Political Science and Government from the College of William and Mary.
International Relations, International Political Economy, International Development, Foreign Aid, Emerging Powers, Institutional Theory
- Rising Powers and the Regime for Development Finance
- Tracking Under-Reported Financial Flows: China’s Development Finance and the Aid-Conflict Nexus Revisited
- Ground-Truthing Chinese Development Finance in Africa: Field Evidence from South Africa and Uganda
- More Dollars than Sense: Refining Our Knowledge of Development Finance Using AidData
- Controlling coalitions: Social Lending at the Multilateral Development Banks
- Delegation to International Organizations: Agency Theory and World Bank Environmental Reform