Jan Eijking

Research Associate: Changing Global Orders
Oxford Martin Fellow
William Golding Junior Research Fellow, Brasenose College
International Relations Network
Brasenose College

I’m a William Golding Junior Research Fellow at Brasenose College. As postdoctoral Research Associate at the DPIR and Oxford Martin Fellow I work on the Changing Global Orders programme at the Oxford Martin School. I recently completed a DPhil in International Relations at Balliol College and have held teaching positions at Utrecht University (2022-23) and at Pembroke College, University of Oxford (2021-22).

My main interest is in the history of international organisations and international thought, with a focus on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. My doctoral thesis examined how technical experts became central to the design and contestation of modern international organisations. At the Changing Global Orders programme I work on how early international organisations have mobilised expertise to address health, economic, and food crises.

My research, which has been funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), has won the ISA Barbara W. Tuchman Prize (2023), the ISA Prize for Best Graduate Paper in IR Theory (2023), the ISA-Northeast Fred Hartmann Award (2022), and the EISA Best Graduate Paper Award (2021).

I have also written for public outlets including Responsible Statecraft and The Conversation. I’m an Associate Member of the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies and affiliated with the Security History Network at Utrecht University. Previously I convened the Seminar in the History of International Politics (SHIP) at the University of Oxford.

Photo credits © 2021 John Cairns for DPIR.


I have previously taught the following undergraduate papers:

  • International Relations (214),

  • International Relations in the Era of Two World Wars (212),

  • International Relations in the Era of the Cold War (213),

  • Political Thought: Bentham to Weber (216).

Jan Eijking


Journal Articles


Eijking, J. (2024) “Whose Power is Knowledge?”, Global Intellectual History, 9(3), pp. 307–315.


Eijking, J. (2023) “Historical Claims to the International: The Case of the Suez Canal Experts”, International Studies Quarterly, 67(3), p. sqad041.


Eijking, J. (2022) “Looking for Utopia: Experts and Global Governance”, Journal of International Political Theory, 18(2), pp. 262–272.
Eijking, J. (2022) “A ‘Priesthood of Knowledge’: The International Thought of Henri de Saint-Simon”, International Studies Quarterly, 66(1), p. sqab089.


Eijking, J. (2021) “Corporate Sovereignty and Modern International Order”, International Studies Review, 23(3), pp. 1004–1005.
Eijking, J. (2021) “Time’s monster: history, conscience and Britain’s empire”, Global Intellectual History, 6(2), pp. 259–261.


Eijking, J. (no date) “Why Does Colombia Export Security Expertise? Security Cooperation Between Status and Bureaucracy”, in Crime, Violence, and Justice in Latin America. Taylor & Francis, pp. 152–171.