Public Engagement

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    L.H.M. Ling

    Professor of International Affairs

    Office Location:

    Fanton Hall/Welcome Center


    L.H.M. Ling is Professor of International Affairs, The New School. She has authored four books: Postcolonial International Relations: Conquest and Desire between Asia and the West (2002), Transforming World Politics: From Empire to Multiple Worlds (co-authored with A.M. Agathangelou, York University, 2009); The Dao of World Politics: Towards a Post-Westphalian, Worldist International Relations (2014); and Imagining World Politics: Sihar & Shenya, A Fable for Our Times (2014). Forthcoming is a monograph titled, A Worldly World Order: Epistemic Compassion for International Relations (Oxford University Press) and a co-authored volume with Payal Banerjee (Smith College), Between India and China: An Ancient Dialectic for Contemporary World Politics (Rowman & Littlefield International). Professor Ling has four anthologies: Theorizing International Politics from the Global South: Worlds of Difference (co-edited with Nizar Messari and Arlene B. Tickner, Routledge, forthcoming); Asia in International Relations: Unlearning Imperial Power Relations (co-edited with Pinar Bilgin, Routledge, 2017); India and China: Rethinking Borders and Security (University of Michigan Press, 2016); and Four Seas to One Family: Overseas Chinese and the Chinese Dream (co-edited with Tan Chung, bilingual edition, 2015). Professor Ling’s articles have appeared in International Studies Quarterly, Review in International Studies, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, International Feminist Journal of Politics, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, positions: east asia cultures critiques, among others. From 2012-2015, Professor Ling served as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Schools of Public Engagement (SPE). As of 2014, she is co-editor, with John M. Hobson (University of Sheffield), of a new series at Rowman & Littlefield International titled, Global Dialogues: Developing Non-Eurocentric IR and IPE.

    For her latest articles on the Huffington Post, see:

    4 January 2017: “New World Making: China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Policy,” (

     26 December 2016: L.H.M. Ling, “Colonial Fear and Desire in 2016,” (


    Degrees Held:

    Wellesley College (BA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ms, PhD)

    Professional Affiliations:

    International Studies Association (ISA)

    Recent Publications:

    L.H.M. Ling, “Beyond Soft Power: Cultural Power from India and China Today through Film,” China Report (forthcoming).

    L.H.M. Ling, “Wanda’s Dream: Daoist World Politics in Five Acts,” in Olivia Rutazibwa and Robbie Shilliam (eds), Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics (London: Routledge, forthcoming).

    L.H.M. Ling and Boyu Chen, “IR and the Rise of Asia: A New Moral Imagination for World Politics?” in Andreas Gofas, Inana Hamati-Ataya, Nicholas Onuf (eds), The Sage Handbook of History, Philosophy and Sociology of International Relations  (London: Sage Publications, forthcoming).

    Shannon Brincat and L.H.M. Ling, “Dialectics for IR: Hegel and the Dao,” article for a special issue on “Dialectics in World Politics,” Globalizations 11 (3) 2014: 1-27. Winner of the Best Paper Prize from the Theory Section of the International Studies Association (ISA), February 2015.

    L.H.M. Ling, “Journeys Beyond the West: World Orders and a 7th-Century, Buddhist Monk,” Review of International Studies (36) 2010: 225-248.

    Research Interests:

    Post-Western, Post-Westphalian International Relations

    Non-Western Thought and Philosophies, specifically Daoist Trialectics, Buddhist-Hindu-Andean Cosmologies, & Sufi Islam 

    Culture, Aesthetics & World Politics