Jeanne Morefield

jeanne morefield  


Education: Ph.D., Cornell University, 1999, B.A., Oberlin College, 1991  

Major Interests: 19th-20th century liberalism, pluralism, democratic theory, and the history of political thought in relation to sovereignty, international relations, and empire.

Courses: Politics 122: Modern European Political Theory, Politics 308: Liberalism and Its Discontents, Politics 329: Theories of Empire

Publications Include:


Empires of Forgetting: Anglo-American Histories of Nostalgia and Sleep (under contract with Oxford University  Press.) 

"Covenants without Swords": Idealist Liberalism and the Spirit of Empire (Princeton University Press, 2005). (See


 "Empire, Tragedy, and the Liberal State in the Writings of Niall Ferguson and Michael Ignatieff," Theory and Event 11.3, Fall 2008.

"'An Education To Greece': The Round Table, Political Theory, and the Uses of History," History of Political Thought, 28, Summer 2007.

"States are Not People: Unsettling Sovereignty, Rediscovering Democracy," Political Research Quarterly, Dec 2005. Vol. 58.

"Hegelian Organicism, British New Liberalism, and the Return of the Family State," History of Political Thought, 28(2), spring 2002.

Chapters in Edited Volumes:

"G. Lowes Dickinson's 'The European Anarchy,'" Classics of International Relations, eds. Peter Wilson, Casper Sylvest, (forthcoming, Routledge).

"'The Habits of Imperialism': Harold Laski on Sovereignty and Empire" Lineages of Empire (Oxford; British Academy Collection, May 2009), ed. Duncan Kelly.  Contributors: James Tully, Uday Mehta, Duncan Kelly, Iain Hampsher-Monk, Doug Lorimer, Karen O'Brien, Robert Travers, Phiroze Vasunia, and Richard Whatmore.

"The Critical Idealism of G. Lowes Dickinson," British International Thought from Hobbes to Namier (Palgrave, Dec. 2009), eds. Ian Hall, Lisa Hill.  Contributors: Haig Patapan, David Armitage, Renée Jeffery, Lisa Hill, Richard Bourke, Georgios Varouxakis, Andrew Fitzmaurice, Casper Sylvest, Duncan Bell, Ian Hall.

"'A Liberal In A Muddle': Alfred Zimmern on Nationality and Commonwealth," in Imperialism and Internationalism in the Discipline of International Relations, eds. David Long and Brian C. Schmidt, (SUNY Press, 2004.)

Book Reviews and Review Essays:

Review Essay: ""In the Beginning All the World Was... ": Political Vision, Critical History, and the Possibilities of the Present," Political Theory, April 17, 2009.

Book Review: "Silence and Democracy: Athenian Politics in Thucydides' History," Perspectives, Sept. 2009.

Book Review: "Gilbert Murray Reassessed," forthcoming, Millennium.

Book Review: Michael Ignatieff, "The Lesser Evil," Perspectives on Politics, Sept. 2005.