PhD, Yale University
Professor Hurd is working on research about the relationships between states and rules, norms, and law in international politics. He is writing a book that examines how and why states use international law and norms in strategic ways. It uses historical cases to critique both the constructivist and rationalist models of international norms, and suggests that the practice of invoking norms is important for constituting both agents and structures in world politics.
His past work includes a book on legitimacy and legitimation in world politics, called After Anarchy: Legitimacy and Power at the United Nations Security Council, and several articles on the concept of legitimacy and its effects in international organizations. He has also written on international labor standards, the history of the United Nations, the laws of war and preemption, and other topics in IR. His articles have appeared in International Organization, International Politics, the Journal of Corporate Citizenship, and Global Governance, among other journals. His article on "The Strategic Use of Liberal Internationalism" in International Organization won the Robert O. Keohane prize in 2005 for the best IO article by an untenured scholar.