Jeanne Morefield

Professor of Politics

Maxey Hall 122
(509) 527-5958

Jeanne Morefield’s scholarship sits at the intersection of political theory, history, and international relations. She is the author of Empires Without Imperialism: Anglo American Decline and the Politic of Deflection (Oxford University Press: 2014) and Covenants Without Swords: Idealist Liberalism and the Spirit of Empire (Princeton University Press: 2005). Professor Morefield is currently completing a book entitled Empire as Method: Reading Edward Said Against Deflection (under contract, Rowman and Littlefield, "Modernity and Political Thought" Series) that examines Said’s work in the context of contemporary discourses of international crises and humanitarian intervention. Her next project, Immigration and Imperial Anxieties: The Political Language of Human Trafficking, engages the historical development and contemporary relevance of human trafficking as an international discourse. She has written articles for academic journals such as History of Political Thought, Political Theory, and Theory and Event and her more popular work has appeared in The Boston Review.

Professor Morefield is the also the author of multiple chapters in edited volumes concerned with political theory, international relations, and the history of international thought and she has given invited talks and lectures on these topics at universities around the country and the world, from Chicago to Japan, Denmark to Istanbul. She serves on the editorial boards of Humanity and Contemporary Political Theory and is currently the Co-President of the Association for Political Theory, the largest association of political theorists in North America.

Professor Morefield is from Seattle and received her BA from Oberlin College and Ph.D. from Cornell University and, in addition to working at Whitman, was a Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University from 2016-2018. She is currently on leave of absence from Whitman and will be leaving the College in April when she will join the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK). Until then, Professor Morefield can be reached at