Michael W. Doyle
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
SpouseAmy Gutmann
ChildrenAbigail Doyle
Academic background
Alma materHarvard University (AB, AM, PhD)
ThesisA General Theory of Empire (1977)
Academic work
DisciplinePolitical science
Sub-disciplineInternational affairs

Michael W. Doyle (born 1948[citation needed]) is an American international relations scholar who is a theorist of the liberal "democratic peace" and author of Liberalism and World Politics.[1] He has also written on the comparative history of empires and the evaluation of UN peace-keeping. He is a University professor of International Affairs, Law and Political Science at Columbia University - School of International and Public Affairs.[2] He is the former director of Columbia Global Policy Initiative. He co-directs the Center on Global Governance at Columbia Law School.[3]

Early life

Michael W. Doyle was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and graduated from Jesuit High School in Tampa, FL[4] He earned his AB, AM, and PhD in political science, all from Harvard University.[5]


Doyle has taught at the University of Warwick, Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, and Yale Law School.[6] At Princeton University, he directed the Center of International Studies and chaired the editorial board and the Committee of Editors of World Politics.[7] He has long been a member and is the former chair of the board of the International Peace Institute. He was also a member of the External Research Advisory Committee of the UNHCR and the Advisory Committee of the Lessons-Learned Unit of the Department of Peace-Keeping Operations (UN). He is a member of Council of Foreign Relations, New York.[8]

Kant's Perpetual Peace

In his 1983 essay Kant, Liberal Legacies and Foreign Affairs,[9] Doyle builds on Immanuel Kant's views on various issues; especially noted are his views on liberal internationalism. Doyle discusses the two legacies of modern liberalism: the pacification of foreign relations among liberal states (see below) and international imprudence.

Awards and honors

In 2001, Doyle was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences[10] and, in 2009, to the American Philosophical Society.[11] In 2009, he received the American Political Science Association's Charles E. Merriam Award, which is biennially given to "a person whose published work and career represent a significant contribution to the art of government through the application of social science research."[12] In 2011, Doyle received the Hubert H. Humphrey Award from the American Political Science Association for "notable public service by a political scientist."[13] In 2012, he was named the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.[14] In 2014, he received an honorary degree from the University of Warwick.[15]

Public service

Doyle served as Assistant Secretary-General and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.[16][17] In the Secretary General's Executive Office, he was responsible for strategic planning, including the Millennium Development Goals, outreach to the international corporate sector through the Global Compact, and relations with Washington. He is the former chair of the Academic Council on the United Nations System.

He was also the chair of United Nations Democracy Fund[18] from 2007 to 2013, elected by the members and appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Model International Mobility Convention

As the director of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative's,[19] Doyle convened the group of experts who developed the Model International Mobility Convention.[20]

Now a Carnegie Council project, MIMC is building a Network that will encourage support for and develop the convention in order to address emerging international mobility challenges, including pandemic disease and climate stress.[21]

The Model International Mobility Convention fills a gap in international law by covering the multiple forms of international mobility, ranging from visitors through labor migrants to forced migrants and refugees. It proposes a comprehensive framework for international mobility with the goal of establishing a cumulative set of rights afforded to internationally mobile people (and the corresponding rights and responsibilities of states).[22]

Personal life

Doyle is married to Amy Gutmann, US Ambassador to Germany and the former President of the University of Pennsylvania.[23][24] Their daughter, Abigail Doyle, is a professor of chemistry at UCLA.[25]


  1. ^ Doyle, Michael W. (December 1986). "Liberalism and World Politics". The American Political Science Review. 80 (4): 1151–1169. doi:10.2307/1960861. JSTOR 1960861. S2CID 145154148.
  2. ^ "Michael W. Doyle | Columbia SIPA".
  3. ^ "Center's Team | Center on Global Governance".
  4. ^ "AAPSS : Fellows A-Z". Archived from the original on October 6, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "Michael Doyle". AAPSS. August 8, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  6. ^ "Michael W. Doyle". World Economic Forum. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  7. ^ "Michael W. Doyle | Princeton Politics". politics.princeton.edu. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  8. ^ "Council on Foreign Relations". Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  9. ^ Doyle, Michael W. (1983). "Kant, Liberal Legacies and Foreign Affairs" (PDF). Philosophy and Public Affairs. and II (12): 205–235, 323–353. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 16, 2014.
  10. ^ "Michael W. Doyle". American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  11. ^ "APS Member History". search.amphilsoc.org. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  12. ^ "Gazette". PS: Political Science & Politics. 44 (4): 885–898. October 2011. doi:10.1017/S1049096511001582. ISSN 1537-5935.
  13. ^ "Gazette". PS: Political Science & Politics. 44 (4): 885–898. October 2011. doi:10.1017/S1049096511001582. ISSN 1537-5935.
  14. ^ "Michael Doyle". AAPSS. August 8, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  15. ^ "Michael W. Doyle, creator of Doyle's Law, discusses the history of international relations, liberalism and world politics". University of Warwick. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  16. ^ Gladstone, Rick (February 19, 2019). "America's U.N. Ambassador Post Is Empty. Is That a Problem?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  17. ^ "Who Is The New U.N. Secretary-General?". www.wbur.org. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  18. ^ "UNDEF".
  19. ^ "International Migration". globalpolicy.columbia.edu.
  20. ^ "Model International Mobility Convention". Columbia Global Policy Initiative. August 25, 2017.
  21. ^ "Carngie Council".
  22. ^ "Model International Mobility Convention". Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. December 13, 2017. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  23. ^ "Meet President Gutmann | Penn Office of the President". president.upenn.edu. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  24. ^ Bennhold, Katrin (June 24, 2022). "Her Father Fled the Nazis. She's the New U.S. Ambassador to Germany". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 17, 2022.
  25. ^ "Princeton University Department of Chemistry Abigail Doyle".