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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.

Selected Publications

  • “The family-state analogy in the Mengzi,” Oxford Handbook of Chinese Philosophy, edited by Justin Tiwald (forthcoming).
  • (With Kevin Mazur) “Thinking about groups in political science: A case for bringing the meso level back in,” Political Science Quarterly 137:2 (Summer 2022), pp.331-355.
  • "Political Liberalism, Western History, and the Conjectural Non-West," Political Theory 49:2 (February 2021), 190-214.
  • “The Loftiness of Political Order,” Confucian Political Philosophy: Dialogues on the State of the Field, edited by Robert A. Carleo III and Yong Huang, Springer, 2021.
  • "On the Liberatory Potential of the Past: The Case of Non-Feudal China," Journal of World Philosophies 4:1 (June 2019). 
  • “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,” Contemporary Political Theory 17:3 (August 2018): 331-362.
  • “Beyond East and West: A reorientation of political theory through the prism of modernity,” Perspectives on Politics 14:1 (March 2016).
  • Classical Confucian Political Thought: A New Interpretation (Princeton University Press, 2015)."


  • 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.