John M. Hobson

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John Montagu Hobson, FBA (born 27 December 1962) is a political scientist, international relations scholar and academic. Since 2005, he has been Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Sheffield.

Academic career[edit]

Born in Montreal, Canada, on 27 December 1962, John Montagu Hobson studied political science at the London School of Economics. Having gained his PhD in historical sociology in 1991, he then relocated to Australia. He taught international relations at La Trobe University in Melbourne between 1992 and 1997. Between 1997 and 2004 he taught international relations and international political economy as a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney. He then returned to the UK in 2004 and since 2005 he has been Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Sheffield.[1][2]

Honours and awards[edit]

In 2015, Hobson was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.[3]

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • (Co-authored with Linda Weiss) States and Economic Development: A Comparative Historical Analysis (Polity Press, 1995).
  • The Wealth of States: A Comparative Sociology of International Economic and Political Change (Cambridge University Press, 1997).
  • The State and International Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2000).
  • Historical Sociology of International Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2002).
  • The Eastern Origins of Western Civilisation (Cambridge University Press, 2004).[4]
  • Everyday Politics of the World Economy (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
  • (Editor) Selected Writings of John A. Hobson, 1932–1938: The Struggle for the International Mind (Routledge, 2011).
  • The Eurocentric Conception of World Politics: Western International Theory, 1760–2010 (Cambridge University Press, 2012).[5]


  • Hobson, John M. (Dec 1995). "The myth of the nightwatchman state". Quadrant. 39 (12): 65–71.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ICD - Academy for cultural diplomacy - Advisory Board Members". Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Hobson, Prof. John Montagu", Who's Who (online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2017). Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Professor John Hobson", British Academy. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  4. ^ Yerxa, D.A. (2009). Recent Themes in World History and the History of the West: Historians in Conversation. Historians in Conversation: Recent Themes in Understanding the Past. University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 978-1-57003-831-0. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
  5. ^ John M. Hobson (7 May 2012). "The Eurocentric Conception of World Politics". Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 29 October 2015.