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School of Politics and International Relations

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


Reader 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, with a BA and MA in Politics (2000/01). Jean-François then relocated in the United Kingdom to do an MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics (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 of London for two years before joining Queen Mary in 2011.

Undergraduate Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching

  • POLM023/POLM076 Theories of International Relations


Research Interests:

Jean-Francois is best known for his work on the political and international political thought of Friedrich Nietzsche, and for his work on the political theory and international political thought of the Right in North America and Europe. Jean-François is one of the leading co-investigators of the research project The Global Right established in collaboration with the University of Ottawa. He is also a co-investigator on the World of the Right Project based at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DISS).



Beyond Tragedy and Perpetual Peace: Politics and International Relations in the Thought of Friedrich Nietzsche (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, forthcoming 2020/21).

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

American Neoconservatism: The Politics and Culture of a Reactionary Idealism (New York: Columbia university Press, 2011 [2nd reprint edition Oxford University Press 2014]). 

In Preparation

Radical Conservatism and Global Order (co-authored with Michael C. Williams)  

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

‘Confronting the International Sociology of the New Right’, International Political Sociology, vol. 14, no. 1, 2020, pp. 94-107 (with Rita Abrahamsen, Alexandra Gheciu, Karin Narita, Srdjan Vucetic and Michael C. Williams).

‘America First: Paleoconservatism and the Ideological Struggle for the American Right’, Journal of Political Ideologies, vol. 25, no. 1, 2020, pp. 28-50 (with Michael C. Williams).

 ‘The View from Mars: US Paleoconservatism and Ideological Challenges to the Liberal World Order’, International Journal, vol. 74, no. 1, 2019, pp. 15-31 (with Michael C. Williams).

‘Radical Conservatism and Global Order: International Theory and the New Right’, International Theory, vol. 10, no. 3, 2018, pp. 285-313  (with Michael C. Williams).

‘After Liberalism? The Paleoconservative Roots of the New American Nationalism’, in Vibeke Schou Tjalve (ed.), Geopolitical Amnesia and the Crisis of Liberal Memory (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2020).

‘Writing the Right’, (with Michael C. Williams) in Andrew Hurrell, John Ikenberry and Karoline Postel-Vinay (eds.), Narratives of World Order (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2020/21).

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

‘Ennobling Humanity: Nietzsche and the Politics of Tragedy’, Journal of International Political Theory, vol. 10, no. 3, 2014, pp. 9-35.

'Nietzsche, Kant, the Democratic State and War', Review of International Studies, vol. 39, no. 1, 2012, pp. 25-47.

'A Liberalism Betrayed? American Neoconservatism and the Theory of International Relations', Journal of Political Ideologies, vol. 15, no. 2, 2010, pp. 89-118.

'Containing the Kantian Revolutions: A Theoretical Analysis of the Neoconservative Critique of Global Liberal Governance', Review of International Studies, vol. 26, no. 3, 2010, pp. 533-560.

‘The Cryptic Cold War Realism of Leo Strauss’, International Politics, vol. 46, no. 1, 2009, pp. 1-27.

‘The Invisible Hand of Neoconservative Capitalism’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, vol. 35, no.2, 2007, pp. 245-278.


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.