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Jan Eijking

Jan Eijking

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Research topic:
Technocratic internationalism in 19th century Britain and France
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Global governance Institutions and organisations International relations Political thought and ideologies Norms, legitimacy and justification 

Academic Profile

I'm a DPhil student and Stipendiary Lecturer in International Relations at Pembroke College. I’m interested in the politics of knowledge and the history of political thought, particularly the idea of expert governance in contemporary and historical perspectives. My work lies at the intersection of historical sociology and intellectual history and tries to bring the strengths of these fields to bear on the study of basic concepts of global governance across time and space.

In my doctoral research, I study the thought and practice of modern expert governance in the context of 19th century technocratic internationalism. My dissertation traces utilitarian and Saint-Simonian international thought to the contexts in which their tenets acquired obviousness, including the building of the Suez Canal, international telegraph networks, and the first World’s Fairs. These projects relied on and naturalised legitimation by experts. My dissertation offers an account of how and with what consequences this became such a central practice of global governance.

I'm also an Associate Member of the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies at the University of Cambridge (for more information see my profile here).

Photo credits © 2021 John Cairns for DPIR.

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

As Stipendiary Lecturer I teach the following undergraduate papers:

  • Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Politics (prelims),
  • International Relations (214), 
  • International Relations in the Era of Two World Wars (212),
  • International Relations in the Era of the Cold War (213),
  • International Security and Conflict (297),
  • Political Thought: Bentham to Weber (216).


  • 2021 EISA Best Graduate Paper for “Intervention from nowhere: Technocratic internationalism and the making of the Suez Canal”


  • Forthcoming. “A ‘priesthood of knowledge’: the international thought of Henri de Saint-Simon.” International Studies Quarterly.
  • Forthcoming. “Why does Colombia export security expertise?” In: Carlos Solar and Carlos Perez Ricart (eds.) (2022). Crime, Violence, and Justice in Latin America: Themes and Trends. London: Routledge.
  • 2021. Review of “Time's Monster: History, Conscience and Britain's Empire” by Priya Satia. Global Intellectual History, DOI:10.1080/23801883.2021.1880540
  • 2021. “Corporate Sovereignty and Modern International Order.” International Studies Review, DOI:10.1093/isr/viab003