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Loubna El Amine

Assistant Professor


Research Interest(s): Political Theory, Comparative Political Theory, Chinese Political Thought

Program Area(s): Political Theory


Loubna El Amine teaches political theory, with a particular focus on early Chinese political thought. Her first book, Classical Confucian Political Thought: A New Interpretation, was published in 2015 by Princeton University Press. She is currently working on a second book, tentatively titled Beyond Freedom and Slavery: Status and Membership in the Ancient Confucian Political Community. She holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton University and a BA in Political Studies from the American University of Beirut.


  • Classical Confucian Political Thought: A New Interpretation (Princeton University Press, 2015).

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • "On the Liberatory Potential of the Past: The Case of Non-Feudal China," Journal of World Philosophies 4:1 (June 2019).

  • "Beyond East and West: A reorientation of political theory through the prism of modernity," Perspectives on Politics (March 2016).

Book Chapters

  • “The family-state analogy in the Mencius,” Oxford Handbook of Chinese Philosophy (forthcoming). 

Other publications

  • "Political Liberalism, Western History, and the Conjectural Non-West," Political Theory (June 2020).
  • “Material Conditions, Hierarchy, and Order in Early Confucian Political Thought: A Response to Reviewers,” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 18:2 (June 2019): 285-289.

  • “The 2016 elections and American exceptionalism: a view from the periphery,” part of a Critical Exchange on “Political and ethical action in the age of Trump” in Contemporary Political Theory 17:3 (August 2018): 331-362.

  • “Ethics and Politics in Classical Confucian Thought: A Response to David Elstein,” Philosophy East and West 67:3 (July 2017): 919-920.

  • “Democratic Hopes for the Arab World: A Review of Iliya Harik’s Work,” Journal Of New Media Studies in the Middle East and North Africa 2 (Summer 2013).


  • Henry Luce Foundation/American Council for Learned Societies Program in China Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship, September 2017-August 2018.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, September 2017-August 2018.
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