Michael Doyle

University Professor

Michael Doyle

University Professor

Michael Doyle is a University Professor at Columbia Law School. He is a renowned scholar of global constitutionalism and areas relating to international affairs.

Doyle served as a lecturer in international studies at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, from 1975 to 1976. He then went on to work as an assistant professor of public and international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University from 1977 to 1984. He went on to serve as first assistant and then associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University until 1987. He returned to Princeton following his time at Johns Hopkins, ascending from associate professor to professor and then, finally, Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics and International Affairs by 2003.

Doyle served as vice president of the International Peace Academy from 1993 to 1994; director of the Center of International Studies at Princeton from 1997 to 2001; assistant secretary-general and special adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan from 2001 to 2003.

In 2001, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He delivered a series of Tanner Lectures at Princeton in November 2006 on preventive self-defense.

In 2009, he was elected to American Philosophical Society and received the Charles Merriam award of the American Political Science Association. He was a recipient of the Hubert Humphrey award of the American Political Science Association in 2011 and inducted into American Academy of Political and Social Science in 2012. He was appointed member and chair of the board of the United Nations Democracy Fund in 2006, ending his tenure in 2013.

In 2013, Doyle was appointed director of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative and serves as a co-director of its International Migration project. 

In 2015, Doyle helped develop the Model International Mobility Convention which represents a shared framework among over 40 academics. It serves the ambitious goal of creating a holistic, rights-respecting governance regime for all aspects of international migration, filling in the gaps in the existing international legal regime and expanding protections where needed.

Doyle received an honorary LL.D. at the University of Warwick and his Ph.D. and B.A. from Harvard University.

  • LL.D., University of Warwick, 2014
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 1977
  • B.A., Harvard University, 1970
Areas of Expertise
  • United Nations
  • Global constitutionalism
  • Political science
  • International law and ethics
  • International relations theory
Global Constitutionalism
S. Model International Mobility Treaty Workshop