School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Jean-François Drolet, B.A. (Lund), M.Sc. (LSE), DPhil. (Oxford)


Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

Telephone: 020 7882 5830
Room Number: Arts One, 2.33B
Office Hours: Tuesday 2-3pm, and Thursday 10-11am


Jean-François is originally from Montreal, Canada.  He graduated from the University of Lund (Sweden) in 2000 with a BA in Politics, and stayed on for another year to complete an MA in Politics in 2001. Jean-François then relocated in the United Kingdom to do an MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics in 2002-2003, and a DPhil in International Relations at the University of Oxford from October 2004 to October 2009. Upon completing his doctoral studies, Jean-François taught Politics and International Relations at City University (London) for two years before moving to Queen Mary where he was appointed Senior Lecturer in 2011.  

Undergraduate Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching

  • POLM023/POLM076 Theories of International Relations


Research Interests:

Jean-François is best known for his work on the political theory and intellectual history of the American right. He is presently in the process of completing a monograph on politics and international relations in the thought of Friedrich Nietzsche.   

Jean-François is one of the leading co-investigators of the research project The Global Right  



Beyond Tragedy, Nihilism and Perpetual Peace: Politics and International Relations in the Thought of Friedrich Nietzsche (Montreal: Queen’s and McGill University Press, 2019).

Radical Conservatism and Global Order (co-authored with Michael C. Williams) manuscript in progress and planned for publication in 2019.

American Neoconservatism: The Politics and Culture of a Reactionary Idealism (New York: Columbia university Press, Hbk. 2011; Oxford University Press, Pbk. 2013)

American Foreign Policy: Studies in Intellectual History, co-edited with James Dunkerley (Manchester: Manchester University Press: 2017)


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

‘Radical Conservatism and Global Order: International Theory and the New Right’ (co-authored with Michael C. Williams), International Theory, vol. 10, no. 3, 2018.

‘America First: Paleoconservatism and the Struggle for the American Right’ (co-authored with Michael C. Williams), Journal of Political Ideologies, Forthcoming 2018/19.

‘The View from MARS: American Populism and the Liberal World Order’ (co-authored with Michael C. Williams), International Journal, forthcoming 2019.

‘Carl Schmitt and the American Century’, in JF Drolet and J. Dunkerley (eds.) American Foreign Policy: Studies in Intellectual History (Manchester: Manchester University Press: 2017).

‘Ennobling Humanity: Nietzsche and the Politics of Tragedy’, Journal of International Political Theory, vol. 10, no 3, 2014.

'Nietzsche, Kant, the Democratic State and War', Review of International Studies, vol. 39, no. 1, 2012.

'Containing the Kantian Revolutions: A Theoretical Analysis of the Neoconservative Critique of Global Liberal Governance', Review of International Studies, vol. 26, no. 3, 2010.

'A Liberalism Betrayed? American Neoconservatism and the Theory of International Relations', Journal of Political Ideologies, vol. 15, no. 2, 2010.

‘The Cryptic Cold War Realism of Leo Strauss', International Politics, vol. 46, no.1, 2009.

'The Visible Hand of Neoconservative Capitalism', Millennium: Journal of International Studies, vol. 35, no 2, 2007.


I am currently supervising Alexander Blanchard, on "Conceptualising Political Violence"

I am keen to supervise research on themes related to:

  • The political theory of Friedrich Nietzsche, Leo Strauss, Martin Heidegger and Ernst Jünger
  • Political ideologies of the Right and Far Right
  • Ideology/Intellectual History and US Foreign Policy

I would also consider supervision on various other themes related to Political violence and liberal modernity. Get in touch if you want to discuss a project.