E.MA Directors

Prof. Graham Finlay

tl_files/EIUC MEDIA/EMA/Directors/uni_finlay.jpgName and Title: Dr. Graham Finlay

Position: E.MA National Director

Postal Address: School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Phone: 00353 (0) 1 716 8345

Email: graham.finlay@ucd.ie


Graham Finlay received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Johns Hopkins University in 2002. He has written a number of articles on the history of political thought, citizenship, development and human rights education, access to citizenship and migrants’ rights and international justice.

Research Expertise and Interests

His research interests include normative approaches to migration, education, human rights, global distributive justice and development. He is also interested in post-colonial and consequentialist thought, and the history of nineteenth century political thought, especially John Stuart Mill. In human rights, he is most interested in migrants’ rights and the theory of human rights. He is currently engaged in a multi-year research project on ‘cosmopolitan citizenship education’.


Dr. Finlay teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the theory of human rights and international justice and development. He has supervised many Master’s theses and several Ph.D. theses in the area of human rights.

Key Publications

JoAnne Mancini and Graham Finlay, “‘Citizenship Matters’: Lessons from the Irish Citizenship Referendum”, American Quarterly, 60.3, September, 2008

‘Madonna’s Adoptions: Celebrity Activism, Justice and Civil Society in the Global South’ in Asteris Huliaras, Liza Tsaliki and Christos A. Frangonikolopoulos eds., Transnational Celebrity Activism in Global Politics:  Changing the World?, Intellect Publishing, 2011

Graham Finlay and J.M. Mancini, ‘“Her Life Within the Home’: The Construction of Gender and Female International Migrant Workers in the Republic of Ireland”, forthcoming in Lisa Eckenwiler and Zahra Mehgani eds., Migrant Women Workers: Ethical and Political Issues, Routledge

Non-academic affiliations

Dr. Finlay frequently appears on Irish radio, including a weekly appearance on Newstalk 106-108’s ‘Moncrieff’ discussing history and politics.

Link to a detailed CV