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Dr. Ruairidh J.Brown

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Head of Politics and International Relations

u003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eBorn in the Scottish Highlands, Ruairidh first completed his BA(Hons) in Scottish History and Politics at the University of Stirling. He moved to the University of St Andrews for his postgraduate studies in International Political Theory in 2012,u0026nbsp; receiving the St Andrews School of International Relations Scholarship in 2013 and graduating with his PhD in 2017.u0026nbsp;u003c/spanu003ernrnu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eRuairidh initially taught politics, philosophy, and history in Scotland whilst completing his PhD. After graduation he took up a position in mainland China, where he was primarily tasked with introducing predominantly mainland Chinese students to a ‘western’ style university education. Ruairidh was awarded the University of Nottingham’su0026nbsp; Lord Dearing Award for his success in this endeavor in 2019. Teaching in China also gave Ruairidh a great opportunity to explore and travel, including volunteering in a panda conservation center and teaching young monks in a Nepalese Monastery. He also in this time became a fellow with the Higher Education Academy.u0026nbsp;u003c/spanu003ernrnu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eRuairidh joined Forward College in 2021 and has since taught International Political Theory and International Relations at Forward’s Lisbon campus.u0026nbsp;u003c/spanu003e

Research Interests

u003culu003ern tu003cli aria-level=u00221u0022u003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003ePhenomenology and Hermeneuticsu003c/spanu003eu003cbu003eu0026nbsp;u003c/bu003eu003c/liu003ern tu003cli aria-level=u00221u0022u003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eExistentialismu0026nbsp;u003c/spanu003eu003c/liu003ern tu003cli aria-level=u00221u0022u003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eThe Philosophy of Amity and Friendshipu0026nbsp;u003c/spanu003eu003c/liu003ern tu003cli aria-level=u00221u0022u003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eThe Philosophy of Obligationu0026nbsp;u003c/spanu003eu003c/liu003ern tu003cli aria-level=u00221u0022u003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eDevelopments in International Political Theoryu0026nbsp;u003c/spanu003eu003c/liu003ernu003c/ulu003e

Current teaching

u003culu003ern tu003cli style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022 aria-level=u00221u0022u003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eIR1198 International Relations: theories, Concepts and Debatesu003c/spanu003eu003c/liu003ern tu003cli style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022 aria-level=u00221u0022u003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003ePS1130 International Political Thoughtu0026nbsp;u003c/spanu003eu003c/liu003ernu003c/ulu003e

Select Publications

u003culu003ern tu003cliu003ernu003ch4u003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eBooksu0026nbsp;u003c/spanu003eu003c/h4u003ernu003c/liu003ernu003c/ulu003ernu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eBrown R.J. (2022), u003c/spanu003eu003ciu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eCOVID-19 and International Political Theory: Assessing the Potential for Normative Shift, u003c/spanu003eu003c/iu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eCham: Palgrave Macmillanu003c/spanu003ernrnu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eBrown R.J. (2019), u003c/spanu003eu003ciu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003ePolitical Encounters: A Hermeneutical Inquiry into the Situation of Political Obligationu003c/spanu003eu003c/iu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003e, Cham: Palgrave Macmillanu003c/spanu003ernu003culu003ern tu003cliu003ernu003ch4u003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003ePeer Reviewed Articlesu003c/spanu003eu003c/h4u003ernu003c/liu003ernu003c/ulu003ernu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eSmith N.R. and Brown R.J. (2021), ‘Neither a New Cold War nor a New Peloponnesian War: The Emerging Cyber-narrative Competition at the Heart of Sino-American Relations’, u003c/spanu003eu003ciu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eVestnik RUDN. International Relationsu003c/spanu003eu003c/iu003e u003cbu003e21u003c/bu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003e (2) pp.252-264u003c/spanu003ernrnu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eBrown R.J. (2020), ‘Friendship and the State: Friendship as an analogy for Political Obligation’, u003c/spanu003eu003ciu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eAMITY: The Journal of Friendship Studies, u003c/spanu003eu003c/iu003eu003cbu003e6u003c/bu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003e(1) pp. 3-30u003c/spanu003ernu003culu003ern tu003cliu003ernu003ch4u003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003ePeer Reviewed Book Chaptersu0026nbsp;u003c/spanu003eu003c/h4u003ernu003c/liu003ernu003c/ulu003ernu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eBrown R.J. (2022), ‘Travels in a Haunted House: Rational Curiosities and Overlapping Dichotomies in Duncan McPherson’s MD account of the ‘Chinese Expedition’ of 1840-2’ (in) Mueller C. and Salonia M. u003c/spanu003eu003ciu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eTravel Writings on Asia: Curiosities, Identities, and Knowledge Across the East c. 1200 to the Present, u003c/spanu003eu003c/iu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eCham: Palgrave Macmillanu003c/spanu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eu0026nbsp;u003c/spanu003ernrnu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eBrown R.J. (2020), ‘Political Obligation: The Party’s 19th Congress and China’s State-Society Relations in the New Era’, (in) Pavlicevic D. and Zhengxu W. (eds.) u003c/spanu003eu003ciu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eChange and Continuity in Xi Jinping’s ‘New Era’, u003c/spanu003eu003c/iu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eLondon: Routledgeu003c/spanu003ernu003culu003ern tu003cliu003ernu003ch4u003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eOp Eds and Short Articlesu0026nbsp;u003c/spanu003eu003c/h4u003ernu003c/liu003ernu003c/ulu003ernu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eBrown R.J. (2022), ‘Conservative leadership hopefuls should listen to Hobbes regarding Scotland’, u003c/spanu003eu003ciu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eThe Loop, u003c/spanu003eu003c/iu003eu003ca href=u0022https://theloop.ecpr.eu/conservative-leadership-hopefuls-should-listen-to-hobbes-regarding-scotland/u0022u003eu003ciu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eHobbes on Scotland and the future Conservative leader – The Loop (ecpr.eu)u003c/spanu003eu003c/iu003eu003c/au003ernrnu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eBrown R.J. (2022), ‘St Augustine in the Anthropocene’, u003c/spanu003eu003ciu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eThe Loop, u003c/spanu003eu003c/iu003eu003ca href=u0022https://theloop.ecpr.eu/st-augustine-in-the-anthropocene/u0022u003eu003ciu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eSt Augustine in the Anthropocene – The Loop (ecpr.eu)u003c/spanu003eu003c/iu003eu003c/au003ernrnu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eBrown R.J. and Smith N.R (2021), ‘How Britain’s CGTN ban shows Western insecurity over China’s rise’,u003c/spanu003eu003ciu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003e South China Morning Postu003c/spanu003eu003c/iu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003e, u003c/spanu003eu003ca href=u0022https://www.scmp.com/comment/opinion/article/3121764/how-britains-cgtn-ban-shows-western-insecurity-over-chinas-riseu0022u003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eHow Britain’s CGTN ban shows Western insecurity over China’s rise | South China Morning Post (scmp.com)u003c/spanu003eu003c/au003ernrnu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eBrown R.J. (2020), ‘China: victory over coronavirus will be heralded as boost for Xi Jinping’s brand of Marxism’, u003c/spanu003eu003ciu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eThe Conversation, u003c/spanu003eu003c/iu003eu003ca href=u0022https://theconversation.com/china-victory-over-coronavirus-will-be-heralded-as-boost-for-xi-jinpings-brand-of-marxism-136347u0022u003eu003ciu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003ehttps://theconversation.com/china-victory-over-coronavirus-will-be-heralded-as-boost-for-xi-jinpings-brand-of-marxism-136347u003c/spanu003eu003c/iu003eu003c/au003ernu003culu003ern tu003cliu003ernu003ch4u003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eBook Reviewsu0026nbsp;u003c/spanu003eu003c/h4u003ernu003c/liu003ernu003c/ulu003ernu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eBrown R.J. (2018), ‘Review: ‘The Essential Leviathan”, u003c/spanu003eu003ciu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eHobbes Studiesu003c/spanu003eu003c/iu003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003e, vol.31, issue 1u003c/spanu003ernu003culu003ern tu003cliu003ernu003ch4u003eu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003eConference Presentations, Participation, and Invited Talksu0026nbsp;u003c/spanu003eu003c/h4u003ernu003c/liu003ernu003c/ulu003ernu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003e‘How to tell the world about your research: blogs and blogging with The Loop’, European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, August 2022u003c/spanu003ernrnu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003e‘The Sublime Magic of the Mountains: A Hermeneutic Uncovering of Mountains and Mountain Literature’, Association for Philosophy and Literature Conference – Nature: Animal, Moral, Technological, Banff, Canada, May 2022u0026nbsp;u003c/spanu003ernrnu003cspan style=u0022font-weight: 400;u0022u003e‘Philosophising After Truth: Reflecting on the Nature and Purpose of Political Philosophy in the Age of Post-Truth’, XXIV World Congress in Philosophy, , Beijing, August 2018u003c/spanu003e

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