Research Expertise and Interest
critical theory, Middle Eastern Studies, Legal and political thought, law and society, legal histories, colonialism and post-colonialism
Samera Esmeir is currently writing a second book, titled The Struggle that Remains: Between the World and the International. The book tracks the modern entry of the word international into the English language, and theorizes its emergence as a contending signifier of the world, as well as its reconfiguration of horizons of struggle. Her first book, Juridical Humanity: A Colonial History (Spring 2012, Stanford University Press) is a historical and theoretical study of how colonial juridical powers have reconfigured the concept of the human during the late-modern colonial era by bonding the human to the law.