Catherine Lu

Academic title(s): 


Catherine Lu
Contact Information

855 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7

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Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Foundation (2018).

  •  Book awards:
    • 2018 Robert L. Jervis and Paul W.Schroeder Best Book Award by the International History and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.
    • Co-winner of the 2018 Sussex International Theory Prize, awarded for best piece of innovative theoretical research in International Relations by the Centre for Advanced International Theory (CAIT), University of Sussex
    • 2018 Yale H. Ferguson Award by the International Studies Association-Northeast Region, for the book that most advances the vibrancy of international studies as a pluralist discipline.
    • 2019 International Ethics Section Book award, of the International Studies Association, for best book published in the field of international ethics.
    • Shortlisted for the 2008 and 2018 C.B. Macpherson Prize by the Canadian Political Science Association

PhD, University of Toronto

Research areas: 
International Relations
Political Theory

For more information, please see Catherine Lu's personal website.

Areas of interest: 

International political theory; critical and normative theory; structural injustice; colonialism; alienation; reconciliation; global justice; humanitarianism, intervention and the use of force in world politics; cosmopolitanism and its critics; and literature and philosophy.

Current research: 
Selected publications: 

Justice and Reconciliation in World Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, November 2017, 334 pp. (Paperback released August 2018).

“Decolonizing Borders, Self-Determination, and Global Justice,” in Empire, Race and Global Justice, Duncan Bell ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019), 251-272.

World Government,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2021 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <>.

Just and Unjust Interventions in World Politics: Public and Private. Houndmills, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. (Paperback with new Afterward, 2011, 233 pp.)

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