Dr Jeremy Larkins

Jeremy’s primary research area is in the cultural and intellectual history of international political theory.

Staff details

Dr Jeremy Larkins




Politics and International Relations


j.larkins (@gold.ac.uk)

Jeremy Larkins is a lecturer in International Relations. His main teaching and research interests lie in the field of IR theory. His primary research area is in the cultural and intellectual history of international political theory. His work, which is interdisciplinary, explores the multiple channels of exchange between ideas and concepts that inform the theory of international politics and the broader contexts of thought and culture that both constitute and critique notions of modernity.

Indicative of this broad research agenda, his published monograph, From Hierarchy to Anarchy: Territory and Politics before Westphalia, argues that the intellectual conditions of possibility for articulating the idea of the territorial states were established during the Renaissance during which time a complex mosaic of discourses on space - philosophical, geographical, artistic and cultural - made possible the political claim that space and sovereignty could be conjoined.

His current research pursue two avenues. First, and again revisiting the pre-history of modernity and international relations, he is exploring the international imaginary of Dante’s political theology. Second, he is working on an elucidation of Hegel’s understanding of international relations as derived from a reading of the Phenomenology of Spirit.

Academic qualifications

  • 1999 PhD International Relations, London School of Economics
  • 1991 MSc International Relations, London School of Economics
  • 1990 Diploma World Politics, London School of Economics
  • 1986 BA (Hons) History, University of Leeds


Jeremy teaches several courses on international relations in the Department of Politics. He currently teaches World Politics, Contemporary International Relations Theories and Critical Security Studies at the undergraduate level as well as the core Theories of International Relations for the MA International Relations, for which he is also the convenor.

He has also taught courses on Global Governance and Politics of Other Cultures at Goldsmiths. Before coming to Goldsmiths in 2012 he was a Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Leeds. He has also taught international relations at several other institutions including the University of Westminster and Buckingham University.

Areas of supervision

Jeremy supervises research in the area of international relations broadly understood. He currently supervises PhD students working on EU energy policy; EU soft power and art; and national identity in the Balkans.

He is particularly keen to supervise dissertations addressing any aspect of international political theory but especially: Ancient, Medieval and Classical international thought; the relationship between IR theory and broader themes of social, cultural and philosophical theory; and critical and postcolonial perspectives on international relations.

Professional projects

Jeremy holds a seat on the International Studies Committee of the Gilbert Murray Trust.

Featured publications

From Hierarchy to Anarchy: Territory and Politics Before Westphalia. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 2011.