Acting Director, Division of Social Sciences
Professor Terry Nardin is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Common Curriculum at Yale-NUS. He was previously Professor in the NUS Department of Political Science, Distinguished Professor at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and Professor at the State University of New York in Buffalo. He has a BA in Philosophy from New York University and a PhD in Political Science (International Relations) from Northwestern University.
Prof Nardin has been a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellow and Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has held visiting appointments in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University.
His faculty leadership positions at NUS have included serving as head of the Political Science Department, chair of the University Mid-Term Academic Review Committee for Humanities and Social Sciences, and member of the University Promotion and Tenure Committee, University Research Benchmarking Consultative Committee for Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Faculty Research Validation Committee, and University Teaching Excellence Committee. At Yale-NUS, he has been Director of the Common Curriculum and Acting Director of the Humanities Division and a member of the Academic and Appointments Committees, Common Curriculum External Review Panel, Faculty Affairs Committee, and President Search Committee, as well as course facilitator for Philosophy and Political Thought 2.
He has served on the editorial boards of many journals including Ethics & International Affairs, International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Review, European Journal of International Relations, Journal of International Political Theory, Asian Journal of Political Science, and American Political Science Review. His collaborative projects include research on comparative political and international thought supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts, Ethikon Institute, Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, Shibusawa Ei’ichi Memorial Foundation, and Humanities and Social Sciences Research Foundation of Canada.
Prof Nardin works in the areas of political philosophy and international relations, with an emphasis on international political and legal theory, the history of political thought, comparative political thought, and contemporary political philosophy. He has written on theories of justice, just war theory, humanitarian intervention, political realism, Kant’s political philosophy, and the philosophy of Michael Oakeshott. His current research is on the history of 20th-century international law and international relations theory in Asia.
Prof Nardin is the author of Law, Morality, and the Relations of States (1983) and The Philosophy of Michael Oakeshott (2001), as well as editor or co-editor of Traditions of International Ethics (1992), The Ethics of War and Peace (1996), International Relations in Political Thought (2002), Humanitarian Intervention (2006), Michael Oakeshott’s Cold War Liberalism (2015), Rationality in Politics and Its Limits (2015), and other works. His recent articles have appeared in International Relations, Review of International Studies, European Journal of International Law, History of European Ideas, and Critical Review of International Social & Political Philosophy.
Philosophy and Political Thought
Contemporary Political Theory
International Political Theory