Assistant Professor

Anna Jurkevics (PhD Yale, 2017) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research is in the fields of critical theory, democratic theory, and the history of German political thought. In her work, she investigates themes related to territory, land, and migration. She also specializes in the political thought of Hannah Arendt.

Her current project, a book manuscript tentatively titled Contested Territory: Land and Democracy Beyond the Bounds of Sovereignty, employs critical theory to challenge the concept and praxis of sovereign territoriality and suggests a non-sovereign approach to territory and borders. Through interrogations of thinkers such as Hannah Arendt, Hegel, Heidegger, Carl Schmitt, the work rethinks the philosophical foundations of sovereigntist geopolitical thought and considers new possibilities for democratic land governance in the global age.

For more information, visit her personal website at

Winter 2020

POLI240 Currents of Political Thought Sections

A critical introduction to some major ideologies and traditions of Western political thought that examines their philosophical origins as well as their implications for political life.

“Democracy in Contested Territory: On the Legitimacy of Global Legal Pluralism,” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, forthcoming. Online at

Anna Jurkevics and Seyla Benhabib, “Critical International Political Theory,” Oxford Handbook of International Political Theory, eds. Chris Brown and Robyn Eckersley, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018, pp. 74-86.

“Hannah Arendt reads Carl Schmitt’s The Nomos of the Earth: a dialogue on law and geopolitics from the margins,” European Journal of Political Theory 2017, 16 (13), pp. 345-366.

In translation: “Hannah Arendt liest Carl Schmitts Der Nomos der Erde: Ein Dialog über Gesetz und Geopolitik anhand ihrer Marginalien,” Zeitschrift für politisches Denken, Ausgabe 1, Band 8 (April 2016).