Cambridge LSE International Studies Book Series

For many years, the LSE Centre for International Studies published a book series in partnership with Cambridge University Press (CUP): ‘Cambridge-LSE Monographs in International Studies’. This series has now been revived around a new rationale centred on three main themes.

Books in the series

Review and get access to books in the series at: Cambridge University Press LSE International Studies


First, the series is oriented around work that is transdisciplinary in character. Transdisciplinary texts challenge disciplinary conventions and develop arguments that cannot be grasped within existing disciplines. The series will prioritize books: a) where the puzzle that is addressed arises because of the blindspots of particular disciplines; and b) that draw on two (or more) disciplines in order to answer questions that are not adequately tackled within a single discipline. We are particularly interested in work that engages literatures in at least two of the following fields: Ethics, History, International Law, International Relations, Political Theory and Sociology.

Second, we will only consider books that contain an overtly international or transnational dimension. This concentration on international dynamics does not have to take place from within disciplinary International Relations. To the contrary, our aim is to examine international dynamics from more than one disciplinary site. The key point is that the series will not consider volumes that focus on developments solely within states.

Finally, in line with the institutional identity and mission of the LSE, the series will publish books that use scholarly inquiry as a means of addressing pressing political concerns. Some books in the series may be predominantly theoretical, and others predominantly empirical, but all will say something of significance about political issues that exceed national boundaries.


There is no requirement for authors to hold a formal link to either the CIS or LSE – to the contrary, the series will predominately publish work from scholars who have no connection with the school. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript, please send a proposal to the series editors (details below).

There is no prescribed length for proposals – they should contain as much information as prospective authors would want to see when evaluating a project themselves. All proposals should include the following:

  • The proposed title of the book

  • An outline of its rationale and scope, including how it relates to the series themes, and how it makes a significant contribution to existing scholarship

  • A breakdown of detailed contents, i.e. a table of contents and chapter abstracts

  • Details of proposed length and intended completion date. Please also flag up if the manuscript includes illustrations

  • A description of the intended readership

  • A short biographical note

Initial assessment will take place by the editors. Strong proposals will be sent, along with a full manuscript, to CUP, who will arrange for external review. Final decisions on manuscripts rest with CUP and the series editors.


Stephen Humphreys (Department of Law, LSE) (Lead Editor)

George Lawson (IR Department, LSE)

Kirsten Ainley (IR Department, LSE)

Ayça Çubukçu (Department of Sociology, LSE)