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Michael Loriaux

Professor

A.B.: University of Chicago; Ph.D.: Princeton University
Curriculum Vitae

Interests

Research Interest(s): Critical Theory, European Unification, Post-Nationhood

Program Area(s): Comparative Politics; International Relations; Methods

Regional Specialization(s): Europe

Subfield Specialties: Critical Theory; International Theory

Biography

I study European unification from the perspective of critical theory. My books include France After Hegemony: International Change and Financial Reform (Cornell, 1991), Capital Ungoverned (co-authored: Cornell, 1997), European Union and the Deconstruction of the Rhineland Frontier (Cambridge, 2008; winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for best book employing interpretive methods), and Europe Anti-Power (Routledge, Interventions, 2016). I have begun work on a new book entitled The Syllabus: Phenomenology, Vatican II, and European Union. I am active in the Critical Theory Graduate Studies Cluster, and direct our Northwestern-Sorbonne Nouvelle undergraduate program in Art, Literature, and Contemporary European Thought. I co-founded and, until 2012, directed the French Interdisciplinary Group, and remain active in various French partnership programs, including the dual PhD programs with Sciences Po, Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle, l'École Normale Supérieure, l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.

Booksbook

  • Europe Anti-Power: Ressentiment and Exceptionalism in EU Debate (London: Routledge Interventions, 2016).
  • European Union and the Deconstruction of the Rhineland Frontier. (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2008).
  • Law and Moral Action in World Politics.  Edited with Cecelia Lynch (University of Minnesota Press, 2000).      
  • Capital Ungoverned: The Dismantling of Activist Credit Policies in Interventionist States.  Co-authored with Meredith Woo-Cumings, Kent Calder, Sylvia Maxfield, and Sofia Perez (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997)
  • The Past as Prelude: History in the Making of the New World Order.  Edited with Meredith Woo-Cumings.  (Boulder: Westview, October, 1992)
  • France After Hegemony: International Change and Financial Reform. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991)

Select Publications

  • Translation of Marc Crépon, The Thought of Death and the Memory of War, University of Minnesota Press, 2013.
  • "Hermeneutics," a 6000-word article in The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming August, 2014.
  • "The Illusion of Power and the Disruption of Moral Norms: Thucydides' Critique of Periclean Policy," with Sara Monoson, in Beate Jahn, ed., Classical Theory in International Relations, Cambridge University Press, 2006 (reprises 1998 APSR article).
  • "France: A New "Capitalism of Voice?" in Linda Weiss, ed., States in the Global Economy, Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • "International Law and Moral Action in International Relations Thought," in Cecelia Lynch and Michael Loriaux, Law and Moral Action in World Politics (University of Minnesota Press, 2000).
  • "The French Developmental State as Myth and Moral Ambition," in Meredith Woo-Cumings, ed. The Developmental State (Cornell University Press, 1999).
  • "Saint Augustine and the Realists: Skepticism, Psychology, and Moral Action in International Relations Thought," International Studies Quarterly, December, 1992. 

Courses taught

  • PS 240 Introduction to International Relations
  • PS 308 Critical Theory and the Study of Politics
  • PS 408 Interpretive and Critical Approaches to the Study of Politics
  • PS 447 Critical Studies in World Politics
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