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Dr Graham Finlay


Graham Finlay

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Politics and International Relations
01 716 8345
University College Dublin, School of Politics and International Relations, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


Graham Finlay (Ph.D. Johns Hopkins, 2002) has been a Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin since 2004. Before that, he taught in the Department of Philosophy of Trinity College Dublin from 2002-2004. He has also taught, in various capacities, at University College Cork, the University of Calgary, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the Johns Hopkins University. In 2009-2010, he was a Member of the School of Social Sciences of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, working on a project on 'Education for Cosmopolitan Citizenship'. His research interests include the history of political thought, especially John Stuart Mill, consequentialist thought, citizenship and development education, the theory and politics of human rights (especially migrants' rights) and various topics in international justice, including migration and development. He was Principal Investigator for UCD's role in two large European Commission funded projects: FP7 FRAME (Fostering Human Rights Among European Policies) which examined how the human rights policies of the European Union might be made more coherent in their role promoting human rights worldwide. and FP7 bEUcitizen (Barriers to European Union Citizenship) which focused on the barriers to enjoyment of EU citizenship that face both EU citizens and non-citizens. He also contributes to UCD's Horizon 2020 GLOBUS (Reconsidering European Contributions to Global Justice) project. He frequently appears on Irish radio on a variety of topics related to his research, as well as general topics in politics, history and philosophy.


  • BA
    McGill University PQ Canada
  • MA
    Johns Hopkins University
  • PhD
    Johns Hopkins University


  • French
    Can read, write, speak and understand