Jens Olesen

Jens Olesen  

LSE Fellow in Government

Office: CON 6.16, Connaught House
Office hours: Fridays 10:00-11:00 & 14:00-15:00 (by email appointment, not LSE for You)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7852 3787


Jens Olesen studied Philosophy, Politics, and Sociology at RWTH Aachen University, Germany and at Queen Mary, University of London, and he received an M.Sc. in Political Theory from the London School of Economics. He is currently completing his D.Phil. thesis on "Methods of Interpretation and their Significance for Political Theory" at the University of Oxford. His thesis seeks to offer political theorists a toolkit that enables them to interrogate their methodological assumptions and to decode their ideological commitments.

Research Interests

  • Historical and normative approaches to political theorizing (particularly theories that aim to bridge ‘analytical’ and ‘continental’ political theory)
  • Hermeneutics
  • Rhetoric and criticism
  • Philosophy of history
  • The relationship between ideology and language

Teaching Responsibilities

  • GV100 Introduction to Political Theory 


Olesen, Jens: Von Deutungsmacht und wie Deutung Macht macht, in: Matthias Klatt et al. (eds.) Sprache-Recht-Gesellschaft. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012.

Olesen Jens; Schwiegk, Grischa: Destruktion ohne Konstruktion?  Replik zu Oliver Flügel-Martinsen ‘Die Normativität von Kritik. Ein Minimalmodell”, in: Zeitschrift für Politische Theorie, Vol. 2, 2011, pp. 217-220.