Leigh Jenco (BA, Bard College; MA and PhD, University of Chicago) was born near Pittsburgh, PA, USA but has since lived for extended periods in Nanjing, Chicago, Taipei, and Singapore. She joined LSE in 2012 but previously was appointed Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Political Theory Project, Brown University, USA (2007-2008); and Assistant Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore (2008-2012). She situates her research and much of her teaching at the intersection of contemporary political theory and modern Chinese thought, emphasizing the theoretical and not simply historical value of Chinese discourses on politics. To that end, she has given talks in English and Mandarin across Asia and North America, and has published articles in journals such as the American Political Science Review, Political Theory, Journal of Asian Studies, and Philosophy East and West. She is also a steering committee member for a multi-conference project on De-Parochializing Political Theory: East Asian Perspectives on Politics, and has received grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the National University of Singapore.
She is the winner of the 2003 Foundations of Political Theory Best Paper Award for "Thoreau's Critique of Democracy" (Review of Politics, Summer 2003), and the 2008 Strauss Award for Best Dissertation in Political Philosophy, awarded by the American Political Science Association.
李博士本科就讀于Bard College（在美國的紐約州），其後先到南京，在中美文化研究中心讀一年，再到芝加哥大學政治係攻讀政治理論，並以2007獲得博士學位。她的 論文《個人、制度、與政治改革：章士釗之政治理論》獲得美國政治學學會的優秀博士論文獎。2007-2008年擔任佈朗大學助研究員，2008-2012任新加坡國立大學政治係的助理教授。李博士從事研究工作的領域大致有兩個，一是中國政治思想，特別是清末民初的民主思想與中西文化交流，二是西方現代政治理論。
|Teaching Interests||History of political thought
(Western and Chinese); contemporary political theory
(multiculturalism, democratic theory, postcolonial theory); Chinese
|Research Interests||Contemporary political theory,
particularly democratic, postcolonial, and cultural theory; Chinese
thought in general, with a specific focus on late nineteenth and
early twentieth century political thought; and issues related to
cross-cultural methodology and understanding.