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Erez Manela

Erez Manela (馬內拉)

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Erez Manela (埃雷茲·馬內拉) is a historian of the international society in global contexts, currently Professor of History at Harvard University. He directs the Graduate Programs at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, co-chairs the Harvard International and Global History Seminar (HIGHS), and co-edits a book series on Global and International History at Cambridge University Press.

His prize-winning The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism (2007), co-edited volumes The Shock of the Global: The 1970s in Perspective (2010), and more recently, Empires at War, 1911-23 (2014), The Development Century: A Global History (2018), and the essay "International Society as a Historical Subject" (2020) have enriched and expanded the thought-world of international history in the global age as a scholarly craft and a subject of historical inquiry. Amongst his contributions to the field are his conceptual, methodological, and historiographical reflections on the history of the "United States in the world", and the "Method and Practice of International History" (国际史的方法与实践).

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Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Pratap Bhanu Mehta

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Pratap Bhanu Mehta is a political theorist and intellectual historian of constitutional law, society and politics in India, governance and political economy, and international affairs. After graduating with a BA (first class) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford and a PhD in politics from Princeton, Mehta has taught at Harvard University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the New York University School of Law, and more recently, at the Ashoka University. Currently, he is the president and chief executive of the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi.... Read more about Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Durba Mitra

Durba Mitra

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Durba Mitra is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and Carol K. Pforzheimer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. Mitra works at the intersection of feminist and queer studies. Her research and teaching focus on the history of sexuality, the history of science and epistemology, and gender and feminist thought in South Asia and the colonial and postcolonial world. Mitra’s book, Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought (Princeton University Press, 2020), demonstrates how ideas of deviant female sexuality became foundational to modern social thought. Her current book project explores the history of Third World feminist theory and South-South solidarity movements.

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Jamie Monson

Jamie Monson

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Jamie Monson is a scholar of Africa and China, currently Professor of History and Director of the African Studies Centre at Michigan State University. Formerly, she was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and a SSRC Humanities fellow at Peking University. Her research ranges from women’s roles in Africa-China civil diplomacy in the 1960s-70s, technology transfers in China-African exchange, to colonial and anticolonial, agricultural and environmental histories of East Africa. Monson has conducted pioneering research on China-Africa engagement during the Cold War era, especially the TAZARA Railway, a technology assistance project built in Tanzania and Zambia during the 1970s.   

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Rasoul Namazi

Rasoul Namazi

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Rasoul Namazi is an Iranian political theorist and historian of Islamic and Western thought, currently Assistant Professor of Political Theory at Duke Kunshan University, China and Assistant Professor of the Practice of Global Studies at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Trained at the University of Tehran Center, Paris-Sorbonne, and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, he was a visiting fellow at the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago & Alexander von Humboldt fellow at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. A laureate of Prix Raymond Aron 2015 for his work on John Locke, Namazi explores topics ranging from early modern political philosophy (esp. Machiavelli & Locke) to Islamic political thought (esp. the Qur'an, Alfarabi, Averroes, Persian Political Thought). His current research focus is the comparative study of Islamic and Western political thought.

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Swapna Kona Nayudu

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Swapna Kona Nayudu’s work is most centrally focused on the relationship between war and politics. To that end, her research interests are in Critical International Relations, International History, the Cold War in the Third World, UN Peacekeeping and Security Studies. Swapna also works on Indian political thought as a specific field of intellectual history. Her first monograph, under review at press, is an international history of Indian non-alignment.

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Muna B. Ndulo

Muna B. Ndulo

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Muna Ndulo is a scholar of constitution making, governance and institution building, African legal systems, international criminal law, human rights and international law and foreign direct investments, currently the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of International and Comparative Law at Cornell Law School and the Elizabeth and Arthur Reich Director, Berger International Legal Studies Program, Cornell Law School. Trained at the University of Zambia, Harvard and Oxford, he served as Professor of Law and Dean of the School of Law, University of Zambia and Director of the Law Practice Institute under the Council of Legal Education in Zambia.  He is also affiliated with the University of Cape Town, Free State University and West Cape University in South Africa.

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Cornell Law School, 302 Myron Taylor Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
Patricia Owens

Patricia Owens

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Patricia Owens is Professor of International Relations. Her research interests include twentieth-century international history and theory, historical and contemporary practices of Anglo-American counterinsurgency and military intervention, and disciplinary history and the history of international and political thought. She is Principal Investigator of the Leverhulme Research Project on Women and the History of International Thought.

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Elizabeth Perry

Elizabeth Perry (裴宜理)

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Elizabeth J. Perry is a scholar of Chinese politics and history, currently the Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute. Her scholarship explores the deep histories of the Chinese revolution and their implications for contemporary Chinese politics. Her more recent intellectual interventions include Mao’s Invisible Hand: The Political Foundations of Adaptive Governance in China (Harvard, 2011); Anyuan: Mining China’s Revolutionary Tradition (California, 2012); What is the Best Kind of History? [什么是最好的历史学] (Zhejiang, 2015); Beyond Regimes: China and India Compared (Harvard, 2018); Similar yet Different: Case Studies of China’s Modern Christian Colleges [异同之间:中国近代教会大学个案研究] (Zhejiang, 2019); and Ruling by Other Means: State-Mobilized Movements (Cambridge, 2020).

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Harvard-Yenching Institute | 2 Divinity Avenue | Cambridge, MA 02138
Philip Pettit

Philip Pettit

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Philip Pettit is an Irish philosopher and political theorist, currently L.S. Rockefeller University Professor of Human Values at Princeton University, and Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at Australian National University, Canberra. Born and raised in Ireland, he was a lecturer in University College, Dublin, a Research Fellow at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bradford, before moving in 1983 to the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, where he held a professorial position jointly in Social and Political Theory and Philosophy until 2002. Throughout his intellectual career, Pettit has devoted to studying republican visions bounded and global, studied political theory and practice, and have shaped both social discourses and social movements around the world. 

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Kevin D. Pham

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Kevin Pham is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Gettysburg College. He is a political theorist whose research explores theories of colonialism, otherness/identity, freedom, and democracy through cross-cultural analysis that challenges and enhances the way we understand the canon of political theory. His current book project explores how Vietnamese thinkers of the early twentieth century adapted Asian and European political theories for their aims of national dignity and self-determination from French colonial rule. His work appears in journals such as The Review of Politics, Polity, New Political Science, The European Legacy, Montaigne Studies, and Contemporary Political Theory. Three of these articles are the first to introduce Vietnamese political thought to debates in political theory.
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Jennifer Pitts

Jennifer Pitts

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Jennifer Pitts is Professor of Political Science and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Her new book, Boundaries of the International: Law and Empire (HUP 2018) explores European debates over legal relations with extra-European societies during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is also author of A Turn to Empire: the rise of imperial liberalism in Britain and France (Princeton 2005); co-editor of The Law of Nations in Global History (Oxford 2017); and editor and translator of Alexis de Tocqueville: writings on empire and slavery (Johns Hopkins 2001). Her research interests lie in the fields of modern political and international thought, particularly British and French thought of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; empire; the history of international law; and global justice. She co-edits the Cambridge University Press series Ideas in Context.

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Or Rosenboim

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Or Rosenboim is a historian of political thought whose work focuses on international thought in the twentieth century. She has published on the idea of globalism and on various theories of world order in British and American political thought; her first book, The emergence of globalism: Visions of world order in Britain and the United States, 1939-1950, was published by Princeton University Press in 2017. She is also interested in geopolitics, Italian international thought and imperial history.

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Emma Rothschild

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Emma Rothschild is Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History at Harvard University. She is Director of the Joint Center for History and Economics, a fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and professeur invitée at the Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po, Paris. She is involved in collaborative research projects, at the University of Cambridge and at Harvard, on Exchanges of Economic, Legal and Political Ideas and on Visualizing Historical Networks. She is also an Affiliated Faculty member at Harvard Law School. Publications include “Economic History and Nationalism” (Capitalism, Winter 2021), “A (New) Economic History of the American Revolution?” (New England Quarterly, March 2018), "Isolation and Economic Life in Eighteenth-Century France" (American Historical Review, October 2014), Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet and the Enlightenment (Harvard University Press, 2001), The Inner Life of Empires: An Eighteenth-Century History (Princeton University Press, 2011), and An Infinite History: The Story of a Family in France Over Three Centuries (Princeton University Press, 2021).

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