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School of Government & International Affairs

Staff Profile

Dr Ilan Zvi Baron, BA (Hons), MSc, DPhil

Associate Professor in International Political Theory in the School of Government and International Affairs
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 47221
Room number: SE116, Southend House

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Ilan Zvi Baron completed his PhD at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, in 2007 where he was an E.H. Carr Scholar and recipient of an Overseas Research Scheme grant. He completed an MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics and a BA (Hons) in Political Science at the University of Victoria, Canada. He has been deputy editor of Millennium, and has worked with various international NGOs in Geneva and Zurich. Dr Baron has been a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for International Studies at the London School of Economics, and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Institut Barcelona D'Estudis Internacionals. In addition, he has held visiting posts at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada, and at the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Dr. Baron is currently working on research project about political responsibility and the Jewish Diaspora. The project is concerned with the political responsibility of the Jewish Diaspora toward Israel, if indeed such a responsibility can even be argued to exist, and if so, what account of responsibility is appropriate. The project involves three parts. The first, is an examination of the causal assumption contained in the idea of responsibility. The second, which builds on his past phenomenological inspired work about the politics of the relationship between the Jewish Diaspora and Israel, is on the possibility of a phenomenological account of (political) responsibility. The third is an examination of political responsibility as addressed in the writings of Hans Morgenthau, Raymond Aron and Hannah Arendt.

In addition, Dr. Baron is working on a project in Food Politics, exploring the role of food in the Jewish Diaspora's relationship with Isrsel, as well as more generally on the paradoxes in post-industrial societies pertaining to the production of food knowledge, the commodification of food, and alienation from food. 

Dr Baron teaches courses on International Theory, Methodology in the Social Sciences (with a focus on the philosophy of science/social science), and the international political sociology of the Jewish Diaspora's relationship with Israel. 

Dr Baron has written for Haaretz, YNet, and has been a contributing author at

Research Interests

  • Food Politics
  • International Political Sociology
  • International Political Theory
  • Jewish Politics and Zionism
  • Normative Theory
  • Phenomenology
  • The Jewish Diaspora
  • Political Theory

Selected Publications

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • International politics: International Relations Theory
  • Political thought & theory: Political Obligation
  • Politics & Society: Political Philosophy of International Relations
  • Geography: Dual loyalty or the problem of holding multiple allegiances to conflicting states or political communities.
  • Politics & Society: Dual loyalty or the problem of holding multiple allegiances to conflicting states or political communities.
  • Geography: Diaspora Politics
  • Politics & Society: Diaspora Politics
  • Politics & Society: Zionism
  • Geography: The connections between identity, obligation and security.
  • Politics & Society: The connections between identity, obligation and security.
  • Ethics, Religion & Beliefs: Death and the ethics of war
  • International politics: Death and the ethics of war
  • Philosophy: Philosophy and Global Politics, focusing on multiculturalism, human diversity, ethics and the politics of identity.