Prof. Sandra Halperin

Professor Emerita of International Relations and co-director of the Centre for Global and Transnational Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations

About Prof. Halperin...

Prof. Halperin's research areas include global development, the historical sociology of global relations, the causes and conditions of war and peace, and Middle East politics

Professor Halperin earned postgraduate degrees in Political Science (M.A., PhD) from the University of  Califronia, Los Angeles, where her major field of study was International Relations, with minors in Comparative Politics and Middle East History. She taught courses in International Relations theory and in Middle East politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh before moving, in 1998, to the University of Sussex, and eventually joining the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway in August 2006.

Professor Halperin is the author of three cross-regional and trans-historical comparative studies: In the Mirror of the Third World: Capitalist Development in Modern Europe (Cornell University Press, 1997), War and Social Change in Modern Europe: the great transformation revisited (Cambridge University Press, 2004); and Re-Envisioning Global Development: a ‘horizontal’ perspective (Routledge). She is also co-author (with Oliver Heath) of Political Research: methods and practical skills (Oxford University Press, 2012), co-editor (with Gordon Laxer) of Global Civil Society and Its Limits (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2003); and author of articles on globalisation, development theory, historical sociology, nationalism, ethnic conflict, Islam, and democracy in the Middle East.  



The Far-Right in Modern World History
Halperin, S., 11 Oct 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Globalizations.


Polanyi’s two transformations revisited: a ‘bottom up’ perspective
Halperin, S., 23 Jul 2018, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Globalizations. 15, 7, p. 911-923

An Historical Comparison of Religious Revival
Halperin, S., Jun 2018, In: International Studies Review. 20, 2, p. 204-213


The imperial city-state and the national state form: Reflections on the history of the contemporary order
Halperin, S., 16 Apr 2017, In: Thesis 11. 139, 1, p. 97-112


The Burdens of Empire: 1539 to the Present. By Pagden Anthony . Cambridge University Press,
Halperin, S., Dec 2016, In: Perspectives on Politics. 14, 4, p. 1207-1208

Modernity and the embedding of economic expansion
Halperin, S., 1 May 2016, In: European Journal of Social Theory. 19, 2, p. 172-190

Historical Sociology
Halperin, S., 2016, (Accepted/In press) Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology. Guillaume, X. & Bilgin, P. (eds.). London: Routledge

Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills
Halperin, S. & Heath, O., 2016, 2nd ed. Oxford University Press.


Imperial city states, national states, and post-national spatialities
Halperin, S., 2015, Legacies of Empire: Imperial Roots of the Contemporary Global Order. Halperin, S. & Palan, R. (eds.). London: Cambridge University Press, p. 69-96

Legacies of Empire: Imperial Roots of the Contemporary Global Order
Halperin, S. (ed.) & Palan, R. (ed.), 2015, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

War and Social Revolution: World War i and the ‘Great Transformation’
Halperin, S., 2015, Cataclysm 1914 : The First World War and the Making of Modern World Politics. Anievas, A. (ed.). London: Brill, Vol. 89. p. 174-198


Re-Envisioning Global Development: A Horizontal Perspective
Halperin, S., 2013, Routledge.


Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills
Halperin, S. & Heath, O., 2012, Oxford University Press.


The political economy of Anglo-American War: the case of Iraq
Halperin, S., Mar 2011, In: International Politics. 48, 2-3, p. 207-228