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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Samuel Garrett Zeitlin is a Hong Kong Link Early Career Research Fellow and College Lecturer in Politics. He studies and teaches political philosophy, the history of political thought, and international relations. His dissertation, which he is currently working to revise into a scholarly monograph, examined the themes of war and peace in the political philosophy of Francis Bacon. His translation and edition (co-edited with R.A. Berman) of "Land and Sea" won an award in the "Religion" category at the Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2016.  

His reviews have been published in Contemporary Political TheoryThe Common Review, and the Cambridge Humanities Review.  His articles have been published, or are forthcoming, in History of Political ThoughtThe Review of PoliticsHistory of European Ideas, Telos, Politisches Denken Jahrbuch, and Modern Intellectual History.

Prior to coming to Cambridge, he taught courses at UC-Berkeley, at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität in Erlangen, and at the University of Chicago, where he was Collegiate Assistant Professor and Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts.


History of Political Thought, Political Philosophy, International Relations


Key publications: 

Peer-reviewed journal articles


  •  “Francis Bacon on Imperial and Colonial Warfare,” forthcoming in The Review of Politics, accepted with no further revisions (April 2020), scheduled to appear in issue 83:2 (April 2021).
  • “The Heat of Fever: Francis Bacon on Civil War, Sedition, and Rebellion,” forthcoming in History of European Ideas, accepted with no further revisions (October 2020), contract signed (October 2020)


In print:

  • “Indirection and the Rhetoric of Tyranny: Carl Schmitt’s The Tyranny of Values 1960-1967,ˮ in Modern Intellectual History (online first view, February 2020)
  •  “Francis Bacon on Peace and the 1604 Treaty of London,” in History of Political Thought, 41:3 (Autumn 2020), pp. 487-504
  • “Propaganda und Kritik: Eine Einführung in Carl Schmitts Land und Meer,” in Politisches Denken Jahrbuch 2017, vol. 27, pp. 115-144.
  •  “Interpretation and Critique: Jacob Taubes, Julien Freund, and the Interpretation of Hobbes,” in Telos 181 (Winter 2017), pp. 9-39.
  •  “Political and Moral Vision in the Thought of Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626),” Journal of Intellectual History and Political Thought, 1:1 (October, 2012), pp. 32-55. 


Edited and Co-authored Books


In press:

  • L. Vinx and S.G. Zeitlin eds. Carl Schmitt’s Early Writings on Legal Theory (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, under contract and forthcoming for publication in 2021; Manuscript submitted, July 2020).


In print:

  • R.A. Berman and S.G. Zeitlin eds. S.G. Zeitlin trans; C. Schmitt, The Tyranny of Values and Other Writings (Candor, New York: Telos Press Publishing, 2018).

Reviewed in: Philosophy in Review 40:1 (February 2020), pp. 36-38.

  • R.A. Berman and S.G. Zeitlin eds. S.G. Zeitlin trans; C. Schmitt, Land and Sea, A world-historical Meditation (Candor, New York: Telos Press Publishing, 2015).

Awards: 2016 Independent Book Publisher Awards-Bronze Medal (Religion); 2015 London Book Festival Award in History

Reviewed in: Thesis Eleven; Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Association of American Geographers (AAG) Review of Books.

  • Luc Borot, Myriam-Isabelle Ducrocq, Raffaella Santi, and Samuel Garrett Zeitlin, The “Commonwealth” as Political Space in Late Renaissance England (Padua: CEDAM Editore, 2014).

Reviewed in: Bulletin Hobbes XXVIII, Archives de Philosophie 2016/2 (Tome 79), pp. 423-425.


Translated Books

In print:

  • S.G. Zeitlin, trans.; A. Kalyvas and F. Finchelstein eds; C. Schmitt, Dialogues on Power and Space (Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2015)

Reviewed in: European Political Science; Cambridge Review of International Affairs; Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, 58:3 (June-July 2016) [Brief notice]; Association of American Geographers (AAG) Review of Books 7:4 (October 2019).



  • S.G. Zeitlin, trans.; R. Aron, Liberty and Equality: Lecture at the Collège de France (New York: accepted and forthcoming)


Other Editions

  • “Leviathan as Mortal God: On the Contemporaneity of Thomas Hobbes” (edition and translation of J. Taubes, “Statt einer Einleitung: Leviathan als Sterblicher Gott, Zur Aktualität von Thomas Hobbes,”), Telos 181 (Winter 2017), pp. 40-47.
  • “The Contemporaneity of Thomas Hobbes” (edition and translation of J. Freund, “Die Aktualität des Thomas Hobbes”), Telos 181 (Winter 2017), pp. 48-64.


Other Translations

  • “Freed Thought and other poems” (translations of J.W. Goethe and Else Lasker-Schüler), in The Berkeley Poetry Review 43  (2016), pp. 253-270.
  •  “The Panther” (translation of R.M. Rilke, “Der Panther”), in The Tower Magazine (Girton College, Cambridge), Michaelmas 2011.
  • “Questions of a Reading Worker” (translation of B. Brecht, “Fragen eines lesenden Arbeiters”), in The Common Review (Chicago, IL), Summer 2010.
Hong Kong Link Early Career Fellow
College Lecturer in Politics

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