Kathleen R. McNamara

Katherine McNamara
Kathleen R. McNamara
204 Mortara


Kathleen R. McNamara is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Her work focuses on the evolution of political authority in the European Union, the politics of the Euro and the European Central Bank, and international political economy issues more generally. Her recent work explores the populism and the EU, and the interaction between economic circumstances and identity in the US. She is the author of “The Politics of Everyday Europe: Constructing Authority in the European Union” (Oxford University Press, 2016), which investigates the gradual cultural transformations that only partially legitimate the EU’s power. Her other books are “The Currency of Ideas: Monetary Politics in the European Union” (Cornell University Press, 1998) and “Making History: European Integration and Institution Change at Fifty” (Oxford University Press, 2007). Her public commentaries have appeared in outlets such as Foreign Affairs and the Washington Post, and she is a guest on NPR and European news programs. At Georgetown, Dr. McNamara served as Director of the Mortara Center for International Studies from 2010-2016, building a robust scholarly infrastructure for faculty, a new undergraduate research fellows program, and promoting vibrant interdisciplinary debate over key global challenges. Dr. McNamara also has taught at Princeton University and Sciences Po (Paris), and has been a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, a German Marshall Fund Fellow, and a Fulbright Fellow. During the 2016-17 year, she was Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the School of International Service at American University. McNamara received her PhD from Columbia University and her BA from McGill University.

Areas of Expertise: European Union, International Political Economy, International Finance, Transatlantic Relations

  • Ph.D. Columbia University
  • B.A. McGill University



Imagining Europe: Symbols, Practice and Banal Authority in the European Union (Oxford University Press, 2015)

The Currency of Ideas: Monetary Politics in the European Union (Cornell University Press, 1998); paperback edition with new preface, 1999.

Making History: European Integration and Institutional Change at Fifty, co-editor with Sophie Meunier, (Oxford University Press, 2007).

Articles and Book Chapters

“Imagining Europe: the Cultural Foundations of EU Governance,” Journal of Common Market Studies (2015):1-18.

“The Euro Crisis’ Theory Effect: Northern Saints, Southern Sinners, and the Demise of the Eurobond” (with Matthias Matthijs), Journal of European Integration 37/2 (2015): 229-245.

Building Culture: The Architecture and Geography of Governance in the European Union,” in Stefanie Börner and Monika Eigmüller, eds. European Integration, Processes of Change and the National Experience. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

“Forgotten Embeddedness: History Lessons for the Euro” for “The Future of the Euro,” edited by Mark Blyth and Matthias Matthijs, forthcoming Oxford University Press, 2015.

“International Political Economy, Global Financial Orders and the 2008 Financial Crisis,” (with Daniel Drezner), Perspectives on Politics 11/1 (March 2013): 155-166

Imaginary Europe: The euro as a symbol and practice” in Giovanni Moro, ed., The Single Currency and European Citizenship (Bloomsbury, 2013).

“Constructing Authority in the European Union” in Deborah Avant, Martha Finnemore and Susan Sell, eds., Who Governs the Globe? (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Constructing Europe: Insights from Historical Sociology,” Comparative European Politics 8 (2010).

Of Intellectual Monocultures and the Study of International Political Economy,” Review of International Political Economy, 16: 1 (February 2009).

A Rivalry in the Making? The Euro and International Monetary PowerReview of International Political Economy 15:3 (August 2008).

“The Ties that Bind? US-EU Economic Relations and the Transatlantic Alliance” in Temporary Irritation or Enduring Crisis? The Transatlantic Relationship, edited by G. John Ikenberry, Thomas Risse and Jeffrey Anderson (Cornell University Press, 2008).

“Making History: European Integration and Institutional Change at Fifty” (with Sophie Meunier) introductory chapter in Meunier and McNamara, eds., Making History: European Integration and Institutional Change at Fifty (Oxford University Press, 2007).

Economic Governance, Ideas, and EMU: What Currency Does Policy Consensus Have Today?” Special Issue of Journal of Common Market Studies, “The Theory and Practice of Economic Governance in EMU Revisited,” (November 2006).

Managing the Euro: The European Central Bank” in John Peterson and Michael Shackleton, eds., The Institutions of the European Union (Oxford University Press, 2006).

“Economic and Monetary Union: Innovation and Challenges for the Euro” in William Wallace, Helen Wallace and Mark Pollack, eds., Policy-Making in the European Union, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2005).

Globalization, Institutions, and Convergence: Fiscal Adjustment in Europe,” in Miles Kahler and David Lake, eds., Governance in a Global Economy: Political Authority in Transition (Princeton University Press, 2003).

“Towards a Federal Europe? The Euro and Institutional Change in Historical Perspective” in Tanja A. Borzel and Rachel A. Cichowski, eds., State of the European Union, Vol.6: Law, Politics, and Society (Oxford University Press, 2003).

“The Institutional Dilemmas of Market Integration: Compliance and International Regimes for Trade and Finance,” in Michael Doyle and Edward Luck, eds., International Law and Organization: Closing the Compliance Gap (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003).

Between National Sovereignty and International Power: What External Voice for the Euro?” (with Sophie Meunier) International Affairs 78, October 2002. Reprinted in Problemes Economiques, August 2003.

“Statebuilding and the Territorialization of Money: Creating the American Greenback” in David M. Andrews, C. Randall Henning, and Louis W. Pauly, eds., Governing the World’s Money (Cornell University Press, 2002).

Rational Fictions: Central Bank Independence and the Social Logic of Delegation” in a special issue on “The Politics of Delegation” edited by Alec Stone Sweet and Mark Thatcher, West European Politics (January 2002). Winner of the Vincent Wright Memorial Prize.

Where Do Rules Come From? The Creation of the European Central Bank” in Alec Stone Sweet, Neil Fligstein, and Wayne Sandholtz, eds., The Institutionalization of Europe (Oxford University Press, 2001).

“Structural Indeterminacy and Sectoral Interests in European Monetary Integration” in Timothy J. Sinclair and Kenneth P. Thomas, eds., Structure and Agency in International Capital Mobility (Palgrave, 2001).

Consensus and Constraint: Ideas and Capital Mobility in European Monetary Integration,” Journal of Common Market Studies 37 (September 1999). Winner of The Journal of Common Market Studies Best Article Prize.

“The Clash of Institutions: Germany in European Monetary Affairs,” (with Erik Jones) and Editor, Money Talks? Germany and the New Europe. Special issue of German Politics and Society 14 (Fall 1996).

“Common Markets, Uncommon Currencies: Systems Effects and the European Community” in Jack Snyder and Robert Jervis, eds., Coping With Complexity in the International System (Westview Press, 1992).

Other Publications

“Banking on Legitimacy: The ECB and the Eurozone Crisis,” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Fall 2012.

US Standing in the World: Causes, Consequences and the Future“. Contributor to the Public Report of the Task Force on US Standing in World Affairs (American Political Science Association, October 2009).

Making Money, Making States: Political Development, the Euro, and the American Greenback.” University of California at Berkeley, Institute of European Studies Working Paper (2004).

“European Monetary System” and “Exchange Rate Mechanism’” in R.J. Barry Jones, ed. The Routledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy (2001).

The Promise of EMU and the Problem of Legitimacy” (with Neil Fligstein), Center for Society and Economy Policy Newsletter, University of Michigan Business School, Spring 2000.

“European Monetary Union and International Economic Cooperation,” International Finance Section Report, Princeton University, 1998.

“Ideas, Culture and Political Analysis: the State of the Field,” (with Sheri Berman) European Studies Newsletter (May-June 1998).

Integrating Left and Right,” European Community Studies Association Review (Fall 1998).

“European Monetary System” in Desmond Dinan, ed., Encyclopedia of the European Union (Boulder: Lynne Reinner, 1998).

“Germany’s Monetary Role in Europe” (with Erik Jones). Occasional Paper, European Studies Seminar Series. The Johns Hopkins University, Bologna Center, April 1996.