Jenco, Leigh

Dr Leigh Jenco  


Position held

Department of Government

Associate Professor in Political Theory

Experience keywords:

interpretive methods; Chinese political thought; intercultural studies; Asian values; Confucianism

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I situate my research at the intersection of contemporary political theory and modern Chinese thought, emphasizing the theoretical and not simply historical value of Chinese discourses on politics. I specialize in Contemporary political theory, particularly democratic, postcolonial, and cultural theory; Chinese thought in general, with a specific focus on late nineteenth and early twentieth century political thought; and issues related to cross-cultural methodology and understanding.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Singapore; East Asia; China; Taiwan


Mandarin [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Japanese [Spoken: Basic, Written: Intermediate]

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LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7107 5253


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Jenco, Leigh K. (2013) Revisiting Asian values Journal of the History of Ideas, 74 (2). 237-258. ISSN 0022-5037

Jenco, Leigh (2013) Culture as history: envisioning change across and beyond "eastern" and "western" civilizations in the May Fourth era Twentieth Century China, 38 (1). 34-52. ISSN 1521-5385

Jenco, Leigh K. (2012) From constitutional listening to constitutional learning Chicago-Kent Law Review, 88 (1). 171-186. ISSN 0009-3599

Jenco, Leigh K. (2012) How meaning moves: Tan Sitong on borrowing across cultures Philosophy East and West, 62 (1). 92-113. ISSN 1529-1898


Jenco, Leigh K. (2011) Re-centering political theory: the promise of mobile locality Cultural Critique, 79 (Fall). 27-59. ISSN 1534-5203

Jenco, Leigh K. (2011) Cultural borrowing through time: a Chinese debate

Jenco, Leigh K. (2011) Book review: the intellectual foundations of Chinese modernity The China Beat (3 May 2011) Blog entry

Jenco, Leigh K. (2011) Book review: Asian values China Heritage Quarterly, 26. ISSN 1833-8461


Jenco, Leigh K. (2010) Chinese liberalism In: Bevir, Mark, (ed.) Encyclopedia of Political Theory. SAGE Publications, London, UK, 164-166. ISBN 9781412958653

Jenco, Leigh K. (2010) The ambivalent history of "Western" and "Asian" values

Jenco, Leigh K. (2010) Making the political: founding and action in the political theory of Zhang Shizhao Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780521760607

Jenco, Leigh K. (2010) “Rule by man” and “rule by law” in early Republican China: contributions to a theoretical debate The Journal of Asian Studies, 69 (1). 181-203. ISSN 0021-9118

Jenco, Leigh K. (2009) The West as category and concept

Jenco, Leigh Kathryn (2009) Thoreau’s critique of democracy In: Turner, Jack, (ed.) A Political Companion to Henry David Thoreau. Political companions to great American authors. The University of Kentucky Press, Kentucky, US, 68-98. ISBN 9780813124780

Jenco, Leigh K. (2009) Book review: beyond liberal democracy: political thinking for an East Asian context. by Daniel A. Bell and multiculturalism in Asia. edited by Will Kymlicka and Baogang He Perspectives on Politics, 7 (01). 169-170. ISSN 1541-0986

Jenco, Leigh (2008) Book review: the analects of Confucius, translated and with an introduction by Burton Watson Politics and Religion, 1 (1). 162-164. ISSN 1755-0483

Jenco, Leigh K. (2008) The past is not a foreign country: time and space in cross-cultural comparison

Jenco, Leigh K. (2008) Theorizing culture, not history: the contributions of Zhong ti/Xi yong to the theorization of cross-cultural exchange

Jenco, Leigh K. (2008) Theorists and actors: Zhang Shizhao on "self-awareness" as political action Political Theory, 36 (2). 213-238. ISSN 0090-5917

Jenco, Leigh K. (2007) From the ‘Western learning’ to the Western canon: how to do transcultural political theory

Jenco, Leigh (2007) A political theory for them—but not for us?: Western theorists interpret the Chinese tradition The Review of Politics, 69 (22). 273-285. ISSN 0034-6705

Jenco, Leigh Kathryn (2007) “What does heaven ever say?”: a methods-centered approach to cross-cultural engagement American Political Science Review, 101 (4). 741-755. ISSN 0003-0554


Jenco, Leigh Kathryn (2003) Thoreau's critique of democracy The Review of Politics, 65 (3). 355-381. ISSN 0034-6705


Jenco, Leigh K. (2002) Thoreau’s critique of democracy

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This book explores how Zhang Shizhao synthesizes Western political theory and late Imperial Confucian thought to demonstrate the political efficacy of individual action, in the absence of an already-established public space.

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Leo Strauss Award for Best Dissertation in Political Philosophy, awarded by the American Political Science Association, 2008; Foundations of Political Theory Best Paper Award, for the best paper presented on a political theory panel by an untenured scholar at the 2002 annual meeting of the American Political Science Association; 2003 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Promising Researcher Award, National University of Singapore


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