Theodore Christov

Theodore Christov

Theodore Christov

Associate Professor of Honors, History, and International Affairs

Full-time Faculty


Office Phone: 202-242-6053
Fax: 202-994-0842

Professor Christov received his PhD in Political Theory from UCLA in 2008. He holds an MTS from Harvard and a BA from Thomas Aquinas College. From 2008-11 he was Visiting Assistant Professor of political theory at Northwestern University. In 2011 he joined the faculty at George Washington University, where he teaches in the University's Honors Program and the Department of History. He is also Faculty Affiliate at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the Elliott School and serves on the faculty advisory committee of the Peace Studies Program.

His research interests lie in the fields of intellectual history, particularly 17th and 18th centuries, and modern political and international thought; the history of international law; and classical theories of international relations. He is the author of Before Anarchy: Hobbes and His Critics in Modern International Thought, Cambridge University Press, 2015 with a paperback edition 2017, which examines European debates over the external relations of states in the works of Hobbes, Pufendorf, and Vattel, and how these early modern debates have been de-historicized in contemporary international relations. 

He teaches Honors proseminars on the origins and evolution of modern political and social thought from antiquity to modernity, and History seminars on intellectual history from the 16th century to the present and on the Enlightenment and its critics.

Early modern and modern political theory; Intellectual history; History of international thought; Classical theories of international relations; European integration.

Ph.D., University of California - Los Angeles

HIST 3103 European Intellectual History: Early Modern

HIST 3104 European Intellectual History: Modern

HIST 3001 Special Topics

  • Capitalism and Enlightenment

  • Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism

  • Enlightenment's Enemies

HONR 1015 Honors Proseminar: Origins and Evolution of Modern Thought I

HONR 1016 Honors Proseminar: Origins and Evolution of Modern Thought II

HONR 2053 Honors Proseminar: Arts and Humanities