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Michael Struett

Assoc Professor

School of Public and International Affairs

Winston Hall 120

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Dr. Michael J. Struett is Associate Professor of Political Science in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Struett is generally interested in the evolution of norms in world politics, and the role of international organizations and international law in contributing to world order.  He teaches courses on Global Governance and International Organizations, International Law, the United Nations, and International Relations theory.  Much of his work focuses on the impact of non-governmental organizations in world politics, particularly the importance of their participation in processes of global governance.

In 2013, Struett published Maritime Piracy and the Construction of Global Governance co-edited with Mark Nance and Jon Carlson. In 2008, Dr. Struett published The Politics of Constructing the International Criminal Court: NGOs, Discourse, and Agency with Palgrave Macmillan press.  The book analyzes the role of non-governmental organizations in establishing the International Criminal Court.  He has also published in journals such as Global Governance, Ethics and International Affairs, International Studies Review, Peace ReviewPS: Political Science and Politics and Perspectives on Politics.

He completed his PhD in 2005 at the University of California, Irvine. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science with honors from Cal- Berkeley in 1995. He also has a 1998 master’s degree from George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs.


Regime Complexes: understanding the interaction of multiple international organizations in a variety of policy areas.  World Trade, Maritime Piracy, International Criminal Law,

Book Project on the Ethics of International Criminal Justice

The evolving institutionalization of the international criminal court

International Organizations in Latin America

Extension and Community Engagement

“Testimony for the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture: Regarding Mechanisms for Accountability for the CIA Torture and Rendition program in North Carolina” Public Testimony, Raleigh, NC, December 1, 2017.

“The Japan and China dispute over the Senkaku/ Diaoyu Islands” Guest lecture presentation to the students of NCSU Global Village Residence – Carroll Hall, February 27th, 2013.

“Colloquium on the U.S. and the International Criminal Court” with Dr. William   Boettcher and the Honorable Jame K. McLay, New Zealand’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations. North Carolina State University, January 15, 2013.

Public Lecture “The UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court: Working together for Peace and Justice” West Triangle Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA, Chapel Hill, October 27, 2011.

Radio – WUNC – The State of Things – “The Problem with Pirates” April 5, 2011.

Public Lecture “Global Governance and Multilateralism” for the Women’s Club of Raleigh, March 24th, 2011.

Panel member, “Sanctions and Nonproliferation” Great Decisions Program at NC State,    March 24th, 2011.

Radio – WUNC – The State of Things – “Child Soldiers” September 23, 2010.

“Challenges for the United Nations in the 21st Century” Keynote Address, Annual United Nations Day Dinner, Wake County Chapter – United Nations Association of the USA, October 28th, 2009.

“The International Criminal Court” Town of Cary Senior Center, August 24, 2009.

“Prospects and Problems for the United Nations” Informal Q&A with the International Studies Club, NCSU, March 15, 2009.

“International Criminal Court” – Peace Lunch Forum – Presbyterian Campus Ministry, North Carolina State University, Feb. 26, 2009.

“The UN Security Council and the ICC: Working Together To Stop Genocide” Wake County Chapter – United Nations Association of the USA, July 25, 2008.

“Implications of Obama/McCain election for United States Foreign Policy regarding International Law and Organizations” – Fulbright Scholars program on Campaigns and Elections for Brazilian University Students, October 2008.

WUNC Radio – “The State of Things,” regarding the International Criminal Court, July 25, 2008.

“The International Criminal Court in Sudan” Great Decisions Lecture Series sponsored by Fearington Village and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, Pittsboro, NC, October 11, 2007.

“War Crimes and the ICC in Sudan” Lecture, Foreign Policy Association, Carolina Meadows, Chapel Hill, April 20, 2007.

“United States and Foreign Development Aid” Panel discussion with Dr. Clifford Griffin for Parks Scholars, class of 2010, NCSU, April, 2007.

“Sudan and the ICC” Panel discussion organized by Students United for Darfur Action Now, UNC-Chapel Hill chapter, Chapel Hill, April 1, 2007.

“War Crimes” Great Decisions Lecture Series sponsored by Woman’s Club of Raleigh and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, Raleigh, NC, March 15, 2007.

“The expansion of the UN Security Council and the role the inclusion of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) could have on UN debates and decisions” Invited lecture for United Nations Association of the USA – Wake County Chapter, Meredith College, March 27th, 2006.

“The United Nations: Post-Summit Outlook” Great Decisions Lecture Series sponsored by Woman’s Club of Raleigh and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, Raleigh, NC, March 9, 2006.

“The Structure of the International Criminal Court” invited lecture to NCSU Political Science Club, Raleigh, NC, February 15, 2006.




Struett, Michael J., Jon D. Carlson, and Mark T. Nance (eds.)  2012.  Maritime Piracy and the Construction of Global Governance.  New York: Routledge.  

Struett, Michael J.  2008.  The Politics of Constructing the International Criminal Court.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Selected Articles:

Michael J. Struett, “Reading and Writing Constructivist International Relations in American Political Science” PS: Political Science and Politics, Volume 50, Issue 1 (January 2017) pp. 79-83.

Michael J. Struett, Mark T. Nance, and Diane Armstrong, “Navigating the Maritime Piracy Regime Complex” Global Governance, Volume 19, No. 1 (2013) pp. 93-104.

Michael J. Struett, “Why the International Criminal Court must Pretend to Ignore Politics” Ethics and International Affairs, Volume 26, No. 1 (2012).

Michael J. Struett “Ethics and Agency in International Organizations” Review Essay International Studies Review Volume 11, Issue 4.  (2009), pp. 765-772. 

Michael J. Struett The Meaning of the International Criminal Court” Peace Review: Special Issue on Law and War, Volume 16, No. 3, (September 2004).


B.A. Political Science University of California, Berkeley 1995

M.A. International Affairs George Washington University 1998

Ph.D. Political Science University of California, Irvine 2005

Area(s) of Expertise

International Relations Theory, International Organizations, International Law, The United Nations, International Criminal Court, War Crimes, Truth Commissions and transitional justice mechanisms, Law of the Sea, Maritime Piracy, non-governmental organizations, global governance, discourse and deliberation


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