Director of Graduate Studies
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Jennifer Pitts is Associate Professor of Political Science. She is author of A Turn to Empire: the rise of imperial liberalism in Britain and France (Princeton 2005) 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 is currently at work on a book, tentatively entitled Boundaries of the International, which explores European debates over legal relations with extra-European societies during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is a co-editor of the Cambridge University Press series Ideas in Context. At the University of Chicago, she is a member of the faculty boards for the Human Rights Program, the Nicholson Center for British Studies, and the Franke Institute for the Humanities, and a member of the Women’s Leadership Council.
- "Tocqueville's America Revisited, Part 2," Ideas, CBC radio, Friday, October 21, 2016.
- “Tocqueville’s America Revisited, Part 1,” Ideas, CBC radio, Friday, October 14, 2016.
- “Ethical Egoism” (review of John Bew, Realpolitik), Times Literary Supplement, Sept 14, 2016.
- "Irony in Adam Smith's Critical Global History," Political Theory (June 2015).
- "Empire and legal universalisms in the eighteenth century," American Historical Review 117, No. 1 (February 2012), 92-121.
- A Turn to Empire: the rise of imperial liberalism in Britain and France (Princeton University Press, 2005).
- "Review of Domenico Losurdo, Liberalism: a counter-history," Times Literary Supplement (September 23, 2011): 8.
- "Political Theory and Empire," Annual Review of Political Science 13, (2010): 211-35.
- "Hobson's Imperialism: A Reconsideration," Raritan 29, No. 3 (2010).
- "Liberalism and empire in a nineteenth-century Algerian mirror," Modern Intellectual History 6, No. 2 (2009): 287-313.