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School of Politics and International Relations

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


Professor in Politics and International Relations

Telephone: 020 7882 5830
Room Number: Arts One, 2.33B
Office Hours: Tuesdays 14-15 (online) & Thursdays 9-10am (F2F)


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.

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Undergraduate Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Theories of International Relations
  • MA Dissertation Research Seminar
  • Doctoral Research Seminar


Research Interests:

Jean-François works at the intersection of political theory, international relations and intellectual history. He recently published a book on politics and international relations in the thought of the German philosopher and cultural critic Friedrich Nietzsche. Jean-François also published extensively on the political theory and international political thought of the Right in North America and Europe. He is one of the leading co-investigators of the research project Global Right established in collaboration with the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is also one of the main contributors to the World of the Right Project based at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DISS) in Copenhagen.



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

Radical Conservatism and Global Order, book monograph in preparation. Co-authored with Michael C. Williams. 

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]). 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Conservative Resistance”, in Stacie Goddard, George Lawson and Ole Jacob Sending (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of International Political Sociology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).  

“International Institutions: The View from the Right”, in Michael Barnett and Duncan Snidal (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of International Institutions (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming). With Michael C. Williams. 

‘Writing the Right’, in Dan Deudney, John Ikenberry and Karoline Postel-Vinay (eds.), Narratives of World Order (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming). Co-authored with Michael C. Williams.

'From Critique to Reaction: The New Right, Critical Theory and International Relations, Journal of International Political Theory, vol. 18, no. 1, 2021 (with Michael C. Williams).

'The Radical Right, Realism and the Politics of Conservatism in Postwar International Thought', Review of International Studies, vol. 47, no. 3, 2021 (with Michael C. Williams).  

‘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).

‘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).

‘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).

‘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 would be pleased to consider supervising projects in the following areas:

  • The Political Thought and International Political Thought of the Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
  • Political Ideologies and International Relations
  • The Politics and Intellectual History of the Radical Right
  • Nietzsche and Its Legacy in Politics and International Relations
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