Loubna El Amine F'17

Loubna  El Amine
Assistant Professor
Political Science
Northwestern University
last updated: 4/25/2019

Henry Luce Foundation/ ACLS Program in China Studies Postdoctoral Fellowships 2017
Assistant Professor
Political Science
Northwestern University
The Foundations of Confucian Political Thought: History, Law, and the Political Community

In my research project, I delineate the early Confucian conception of the political community by asking two sets of questions. The first relates to the community’s boundaries. I investigate what the criteria for membership in it are and what social boundaries (like class, birth, etc.) matter. I also ask whether territory is important and if so, how it defines the political community. The second set of questions concerns the community’s ideational foundations. I primarily explore what explains the Confucian concern for the past and whether the concern with maintaining historical continuity can be considered sacred.