Lucian Ashworth

Professor & Graduate Coordinator

SN 2032
Department of Political Science, Science Building
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 Canada

Telephone: (709) 864-8180
Email: lashworth[at]mun[dot]ca


BA Hons (Keele); MA & PhD (Dalhousie)

 Areas for Student Research Supervision

  • International relations theory
  • The history of international thought
  • Theories of war and peace
  • Gender & race in international relations
  • The Anthropocene & geopolitics.

Examples of Recent courses Taught

POSC 1001 Critical Reading and Writing in Politics and Governance
POSC 3230 The Global Politics of the End of the World (As We Know It)
POSC 3235 The First World War in International Politics
POSC 6200 Theories of International Politics


Before joining the Department I was at the University of Limerick in Ireland for sixteen years. I am the author of A History of International Thought (Routledge, 2014) and I am currently writing a book on international relations and time for the Routledge ‘Worlding Beyond the West’ series.

 Select Papers and Publications


Lucian M. Ashworth, A History of International Thought. From the Origins of the Modern State to Academic International Relations (London: Routledge, 2014).

International Relations Theory and the Labour Party: Intellectuals and Policy Making 1918-1945 (London: IBTauris, 2007).

Creating International Studies. Angell, Mitrany and the Liberal Tradition (Aldershot: Ashgate, 1999).

(Edited with David Long) New Perspectives on International Functionalism (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1999).

Journal Articles

“IR's Roads to Freedom: Rereading Jean-Paul Sartre's Trilogy as an International Relations Text”, Review of International Studies, 2023 49(5), 924-936.

“‘Mother of the Oceans’: Maritime Governance as a Template for a New Global Order in the International Thought of Elisabeth Mann Borgese (1918–2002)”, Global Studies Quarterly, 2023 3(1), ksad010.

“Global Governance in the Anthropocenes”. International Journal, 2022 77(3), 469–484.

“Warriors, Pacifists and Empires: Race and Racism in International Thought Before 1914’, International Affairs, 2022 98(1), 281-381.

 “Czechs and Germans in the Twenty Years’ Crisis. Mackinder, Carr, & Wiskemann on Central and Eastern Europe After the Peace”, Journal of International Relations and Development, December 2021 24(4), 848-65.

“A Forgotten Environmental International Relations: Derwent Whittlesey's International Thought”, Global Studies Quarterly, Volume June 2021, 1(2), ksab006.

“Re-reading Niebuhr’s The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness: The Crisis of Democracy in an Interdependent World Then and Now”, Journal of International Political Theory, 2021 17(2) 123-138.

“Chronicle of a Death Foretold? The 1953–4 CFR Study Group Meeting and the Decline of International Thought” International History Review, 2020 42(3), 656-671.

“David Mitrany on the International Anarchy. A Lost Work of Classical Realism?” Journal of International Political Theory, October 2017 13(3), 311-324.

Mapping a New World: Geography and the Interwar Study of International Relations. International Studies Quarterly, March 2013, 57(1), 138–149.

“The Poverty of Paradigms: Subcultures, Trading Zones and the Case of Liberal Socialism in Interwar International Relations”, International Relations, March 2012, vol. 26 no. 1, 35-59.

“Realism and the Spirit of 1919: Halford Mackinder, Geopolitics, and the Reality of the League of Nations”, European Journal of International Relations, June 2011, 17(2), 279-301.

“Feminism, War and the Prospects for International Government. Helena Swanwick (1864-1939) and the Lost Feminists of Interwar International Relations”. International Feminist Journal of Politics, March 2011, 13(1) 24-42.

(with Tim Shaw) “Commonwealth Perspectives on International Relations”, International Affairs, December 2010, 86(5), 1149-1165.

“Rethinking a Socialist Foreign Policy: The British Labour Party and International Relations Experts 1918 to 1931”, International Labor and Working-Class History, 2009, 75, 30-48.

“Interdisciplinarity and International Relations”, European Political Science, March 2009, 8(1), 16-25.

“Where are the Idealists in Inter-War International Relations?”, Review of International Studies, 2006, 32, 291-308.

“David Mitrany and South East Europe: The Balkan Key to World Peace”, Historical Review, 2005, 2, 203-224.

“The Limits of Enlightenment: Inter-State Relations in Eighteenth Century Political Thought”, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, 2003(9), 110-40.

“Did the Realist-Idealist Great Debate Really Happen? A Revisionist History of International Relations”, International Relations, 2002, 16(1) 33-51.

Book Chapters

“Liberal Progressivism and International History” in M. Bukovansky, E. Keene, C. Reus-Smit, & M. Spanu (eds) The Oxford Handbook of History and International Relations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2023), 51-64.

“‘The Past, Present and Future of Global Thought’ Reviewing a Handbook Chapter from 2122”. In Horn, L., Mert, A., Müller, F. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Global Politics in the 22nd Century (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2023) 31-46.

“Disciplinary Traditions and Debates: The Subject Matters of International Thought” in Benjamin de Cavalho, Julia Costa Lopez, and Halvard Leira (eds), Routledge Handbook of Historical International Relations (London: Routledge, 2021), 113-26.

“Women of the Twenty Years’ Crisis: The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Problems of Collective Security” in Patricia Owens and Katharina Rietzler (eds), Women’s International Thought. A New History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021), 136-57.

“From Emulation to Enmity: the Changing View of Germany in Anglo-American Geopolitics” in Jens Steffek & Leonie Holthaus, Prussians, Nazis and Peaceniks: Changing images of Germany in International Relations (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020), 64-81.

“Los Mitos Que Me Enseñó Mi Profesor De Relaciones Internacionales Reconstruyendo La Historia Del Pensamiento Internacional” in Alberto Lozano Vázquez et al (eds) ¿Cien Años De Relaciones Internacionales? (Ciudad de México: Siglo XXI Editores, 2019), 213-249.

“Industrialization and Competitive Globalization After 1873: International Thought and the Problem of Resources” in Daniel M. Green (ed.), The Two Worlds of Nineteenth Century International Relations (London: Routledge, 2019), 119-137.

“How Should We Approach the History of International Thought?” in Brian C. Schmidt and Nicolas Guilhot (eds), Historiographical Invesitigations in International Relations (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), 79-95.

“A Historiographer’s View: Rewriting the History of International Thought”, in Andreas Gofas, Inanna Hamati-Ataya, and Nicholas Onuf (eds), History, The Sage Handbook of the Philosophy and Sociology of International Relations (London: Sage, 2018), 529-541.

“Progressivism Triumphant? Isaiah Bowman’s New Diplomacy in a New World”, in Molly Cochran & Cornelia Navari (eds) Progressivism and US Foreign Policy Between the World Wars (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

“The Republic of Norman Angell (1872-1967): A Dialogue (with Apologies to Plato)”, in Richard Ned Lebow, Peer Schouten and Hidemi Suganami (eds), The Return of the Theorists. Dialogues with Great Thinkers in International Relations (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), 182-192.

“Democratic Socialism and International Thought in Interwar Britain”, in Ian Hall (ed.), Radicals and Reactionaries in Twentieth Century International Thought (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), 75-100.

‘Von grossen Illusionen und bewaffnetem Frieden: Norman Angell und H. N. Brailsford über die Ursachen internationaler Konflikte’ in Jens Steffek and Leonie Holthaus (eds), Jenseits de Anarchie: Weltordnungsentwürfe im frühen 20. Jahrhundert (Frankfurt: Campus, 2014), 73-95.

‘A New Politics for a Global Age. David Mitrany’s A Working Peace System’ in H. Bliddal, C. Sylvest and P. Wilson (eds), Classics of International Relations. Essays in Criticism and Appreciation (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2013).’

'Missing Voices: Critical IPE, Disciplinary History and H. N. Brailsford's Analysis of the Capitalist International Anarchy' in Stuart Shields, Ian Bruff and Huw Macartney (eds), CRITICAL INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY. DIALOGUE, DEBATE AND DISSENSUS (Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), 9-26.

“Ibn Khaldun and the Origins of State Politics” in N. Persram (ed.) Political Theory and Postcolonialism (Lexington: Lexington Books, 2007).

“The League of Nations as a Utopian Project: The Labour Party Advisory Committee on International Questions and the Search for a New World Order” in T. Moylan and M. Griffin, The Utopian Impulse (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2007).

“Clashing Utopias: H. G. Wells’ Reception in Ireland” in P. Parrinder and J. Partington (eds), The Reception of H. G. Wells in Europe (London: Continuum, 2005).

(Co-authored with Larry Swatuk) “Masculinity and the Fear of Emasculation in International Relations Theory”, in J. Parpart and M. Zalewski (eds), The Man Question in International Relations (Boulder, Co: Westview, 1998)