Jeanne Morefield is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Quincy Institute and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham. Her intellectual interests sit at the intersection of political theory, international relations, and history with a particular focus on the relationship between liberalism, imperialism, and internationalism from the First World War through today. She is the author of Empires Without Imperialism: Anglo American Decline and the Politic of Deflection (2014) and Covenants Without Swords: Idealist Liberalism and the Spirit of Empire (2005), and Empire as Method: Edward Said and Political Theory (forthcoming). Her next project, Trafficking and the Politics of World Order, examines the historical and contemporary salience of human trafficking (as a humanitarian issue) for the politics of liberal world ordering. She has written articles for academic journals such as History of Political Thought, Political Theory, and Theory and Event. Her more popular work has appeared in Boston Review. Morefield is also the author of multiple chapters in edited volumes concerned with political theory, international relations, and the history of international thought and she has given invited talks and lectures on these topics at universities around the U.S, Britain, and the world. She serves on the editorial boards of Humanity and Contemporary Political Theory and was formerly Co-President of the Association for Political Theory.
From the perspective of public discourse in the U.S., our globe-spanning, resource-draining military and security apparatus exists in an entirely parallel universe to the one most Americans experience on a daily level.