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Hiroaki Abe (Ph.D., Columbia, 2017) is a job market candidate whose work straddles the subfields of international relations and political theory. His thesis, written under the supervision of Robert Jervis and titled Not All's Fair in Love and War: Composite State Longevity in Early Modern Europe, puts forward a theory which argues that dynastic kinship ties played an important but little recognized role in curtailing wars of conquest in continental Europe during the early modern period. Hiroaki's current research agenda includes a broad-based investigation of the continuing role of family and kinship ties in contemporary politics, and the development of a critical theory for the Non-Western world in the post-unipolar age. Dr. Abe also holds M.A. degrees in Sociology from the New School for Social Research (NSSR) and Seoul National University (SNU) as well as a B.A. (First Class Honors) in Social Theory and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne.
Research Interests: international relations theory, social and political theory, historiography, constitutionalism and legal theory, East Asian politics, comparative historical sociology, political dynasties, and the philosophy of social science.
Hiroaki Abe, “Constitutionalism: Precommitment and its critics,” Leipzig Yearbook of Legal Studies, (2012): pp. 31-50.