Dr Jeanne Morefield

Dr Jeanne Morefield

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS)
School of Government
Muirhead Tower, Room 521
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Jeanne Morefield is a Senior Lecturer in political theory at the University of Birmingham and currently the Co-President of the Association for Political Theory. Her scholarship sits at the intersection of political theory, history, and international relations with a specific focus on the relationship between liberal politics and ideology (domestic and international) and the legacies and contemporary practices of British and U.S. imperialism. Dr. Morefield 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). She is currently completing a book examining the political thought of Edward Said. 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. 


BA: Oberlin College PhD: Cornell University


Dr. Morefield is completing a book entitled Empire as Method: Reading Edward Said Against Deflection for the "Modernity and Political Thought" Series. The book examines Said’s work in the context of contemporary discourses of international crises and global justice. 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. 



Covenants Without Swords: Idealist Liberalism and the Spirit of Empire (Princeton University Press, 2005). (http://pup.princeton.edu/titles/7868.html).

Empires Without Imperialism: Anglo American Decline and the Politics of Deflection (Oxford University Press, February 2014). ( http://global.oup.com/academic/product/empires-without-imperialism-9780199387250;jsessionid=E484E2D49A8D7F5ABB10C0C2D1330399?cc=us&lang=en&)


'Trump's Foreign Policy Isn't the Problem.' Boston Review, Jan. 2019 (http://bostonreview.net/war-security/jeanne-morefield-trump%E2%80%99s-foreign-policy-isn%E2%80%99t-problem)


'Urgent History: The Sovereignty Debates and Political Theory’s Lost Voices,' Political Theory, 45.2 (April, 2017).

'Reflection Now! Critique and Solidarity in the Trump Era' (co-written with Michael Goodhart) Theory and Event, 20.2 (March, 2017).

'Political Theory as Historical Counterpoint: The Case of Schmitt and Sovereignty,' Theory and Event, 19.1 (January 2016).

Critical Exchange, “Goodbye Hegemony! By Ned Lebow and Simon Reich, and Empires Without Imperialism by Jeanne Morefield,” Perspectives on Politics, 12.4, (December, 2014).

Book Chapters: 'Challenging Liberal Belief: Edward Said and the Critical Practice of History,' Empire, Race, and Global Justice, ed. Duncan Bell (Cambridge; 2019) 'Said and Political Theory,' After Said, ed. Bashir Abu-Manneh (Cambridge, 2019)

'Alfred Zimmern,' Jenseits der Anarchie: Weltordnungsentwürfe im frühen zwanzigsten Jahrhundert, eds. Jens Steffek, Leoni Holthaus, (Campus Verlag, 2014).

'A Democratic Critique of the State: G. Lowes Dickinson’s The European Anarchy,' Classics of International Relations, eds. Henrik Biddel, Casper Sylvest, Peter Wilson (Routledge, 2013).