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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

Regional Specialization(s): Asia


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 The Foundations of Confucian Political Thought: History, Law, and the Political Community, for which she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Henry Luce Foundation/American Council for Learned Societies. She holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton University and a BA in Political Studies from the American University of Beirut.


  • Classical Confucian Political Thought: A New Interpretation (Princeton University Press, 2015).

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • "On the Liberatory Potential of the Past: The Case of Non-Feudal China," Journal of World Philosophies 4:1 (June 2019).

  • "Beyond East and West: A reorientation of political theory through the prism of modernity," Perspectives on Politics (March 2016).

Book Chapters

  • “The family-state analogy in the Mencius,” Oxford Handbook of Chinese Philosophy (forthcoming). 

Book Reviews

  • Review of Democracy in Contemporary Confucian Philosophy, by David Elstein, Journal of Chinese Philosophy (forthcoming).

  • Review of A History of Chinese Political Thought, by Youngmin Kim, H-Net Reviews (February 2019).

  • Review of Reframing the Intercultural Dialogue on Human Rights: A Philosophical Approach, by Jeffrey Flynn, Philosophy East and West 68:1 (January 2018).

  • Review of Changing Referents: Learning Across Space and Time in China and the West, by Leigh Jenco, Perspectives on Politics 14:4 (December 2016).

  • Review of Being in the World: Dialogue and Cosmopolis, by Fred Dallmayr, Perspectives on Politics 13:1 (March 2015).
  •  Review of Confucian Democracy in East Asia: Theory and Practice, by Sungmoon Kim, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (February 2015). 
  •  Review of Making the Political: Founding and Action in the Political Theory of Zhang Shizhao, by Leigh Jenco, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 11:3 (2012) 399-403.
  •  Review of Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari’a, by Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, International Journal of Middle East Studies 41 (2009) 479-80.

Other publications

  • “Material Conditions, Hierarchy, and Order in Early Confucian Political Thought: A Response to Reviewers,” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 18:2 (June 2019): 285-289.

  • “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” in Contemporary Political Theory 17:3 (August 2018): 331-362.

  • “Ethics and Politics in Classical Confucian Thought: A Response to David Elstein,” Philosophy East and West 67:3 (July 2017): 919-920.

  • “Democratic Hopes for the Arab World: A Review of Iliya Harik’s Work,” Journal Of New Media Studies in the Middle East and North Africa 2 (Summer 2013).
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