Assistant Professor of Honors, History, and International Affairs
Born and raised in Bulgaria, Theo Christov received a classical education in the Great Books curriculum at Thomas Aquinas College (California), and holds an MTS degree from Harvard and a PhD in Political Theory from UCLA. He first taught at Northwestern University for three years before joining the Honors Program and the History Department at George Washington University. He has taught courses on the history of political thought from antiquity to the present, early modern empires and imperialism, history of the idea of Europe, cosmopolitanism and Enlightenment, utopias in political history, international political thought, and classical theories of international relations. When not reading, he is usually running outdoors and exploring the city's museums and biking trails.
His research interests lie in the fields of early modern intellectual history, and modern political and international thought, with a particular interest on 17th and 18th century European thought; political theories of empire; the history of international law; and theories of international relations. He has written on Hobbes and international thought, Vattel and the liberal state, and the history of the early modern idea of Europe. He is currently completing a book, tentatively titled 'Before Anarchy', which examines European debates over the external relations of states in the works of Hobbes, Pufendorf, Vattel, and Kant, and how these early modern debates were largely de-historicized in contemporary International Relations.
Before Anarchy: Hobbes and His Critics in Modern International Thought (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2015).
Articles, Essays, Reviews
Review of Samuel Moyn and Andrew Sartori, eds. "Global Intellectual History," Intellectual History Review (forthcoming 2014).
'From Law of Nature to Law of Nations in Enlightenment Political Thought,' The European Legacy 19:6 (forthcoming, 2014).
'Vattel's Rousseau: Jus Gentium and the Natural Liberty of States,' in eds., Quentin Skinner and Martin van Gelderen, Freedom and the Construction of Europe: New Perspectives on Philosophical, Religious and Political Controversies(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).
Review of William Casey King, "Ambition, A History: From Vice to Virtue," Social History 38:4 (2013).
Review of Georg Cavallar, "Imperfect Cosmopolis: Studies in the History of International Legal Theory and Cosmopolitan Ideas," The European Legacy 18:6 (2013).
Review of Daniel Deudney, "Bounding Power: Republican Security Theory from the Polis to the Global Village," The European Legacy 17:6 (2012).
'The Federal Idea of Europe: Late Eighteenth-Century Debates,' in eds., Dominic Eggel and Brunhilde Wehinger, Imaginnig Europe in the Eighteenth Century (Hannover: Wehrhahn Verlag, 2008).
'Thomas Hobbes in the History of International Political Thought,' The European Legacy 12:4 (2007).
Review of Paul Keal, "European Conquest and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: The Moral Backwardness of International Society," History of European Ideas 33:3 (2007).
'Jealousy of Trade' [A Forum with Anthony Pagden on Istvan Hont], Cambridge Review of International Affairs 19:3 (2006).
Review of Rick Halpern and Enrico Dal Lago, Eds., "Slavery and Emancipation," The European Legacy 11:7 (2006).
'Liberal Internationalism Revisited: Grotius, Vattel, and the International Order of States,' The European Legacy 10:5 (2005).
Review of Niccolo Machiavelli, "Art of War," The European Legacy 10:3 (2005).
PhD. 2008, UCLA
MTS. 2002, Harvard University
B.A. 2000, Thomas Aquinas College