Richard Ned Lebow

  • James. O. Freedman Presidential Professor Emeritus

  • Professor of International Political Theory, Dept. of War Studies, King's College London

  • Bye-Fellow, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

I am in my sixth decade of research and teaching and still fascinated by the intersection of culture, politics, and personality. Recent publications include books on causation, reason, the rise and fall of political orders, the fragility and robustness of political orders, conflict resolution and management, taming Sino-American rivalry, Eastern and Western conceptions of justice, and the role of political theory in thinking about international relations. My first novel, Uninhibited Flying Object, is about to appear.


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  • B.A. University of Chicago
  • M.A. Yale University
  • Ph.D. City University of New York

Selected Publications

  • Reflections on International Relations Theory (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in press).

  • Between Peace and War: 40th Anniversary Revised Edition (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2020).

  • Ethics and International Relations: A Tragic Perspective (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020).

  • Taming Sino-American Rivalry, coauthored with Feng Zhang (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020.)

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Works In Progress

  • Fragility and Robustness: Beliefs and Their Consequences, under review.

  • Mechanisms and Processes, in progress.

Honors and Affiliations

Olaf Palme Professorship, Lund University, 2011-12

ex-President of the International Society of Political Psychology

Onassis Foundation Fellow in Ancient Greek History and Culture (2006-2008)

Overseas Fellow at St. Johns College, University of Cambridge (2007-2008)

Research Scholar, Pembroke College (2009-2010)

Visiting Professor, University of Cambridge (2010)

Centennial Professor, London School of Economics (2008-2011)

Honor: Teaching Excellence Award, King's College London

Honor: Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Security Section of the International Studies Association

Honor: Alexander L. George Award for best book of the year from the International Society of Political Psychology for The Politics and Ethics of Identity

Honor: Honorary Doctorate, American University of Paris

Fellow, British Academy