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Dr Sandra Leonie Field is a political philosopher working at Yale-NUS College, Singapore. Her research investigates conceptions of political power and their implications for democratic theory. She approaches these themes through engagement with texts in the history of philosophy, especially Hobbes and Spinoza.
More broadly, she teaches and is interested in political thought, theory, and philosophy, both historical and contemporary; moral philosophy, both Western and non-Western; and social theory.


Dr Field completed her PhD in Politics at Princeton University in 2012, in the Program in Political Philosophy. She holds a Masters degree in Philosophy at the University of New South Wales (Australia), where she was also awarded a University Medal for her Honours research. Her undergraduate studies were in Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Sydney.

Other Publications

Articles (Refereed)

Field, S. L. (2015). Hobbes and human irrationalityGlobal Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought, 5(2), 207-220.

Field, S. L. (2014). Hobbes and the question of power. Journal of the History of Philosophy, 52(1), 61-86.

Field, S. L. (2012). Democracy and the multitude: Spinoza against NegriTheoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory, 59(131), 21-40.

Book Chapters

Field, S. L. (2019, forthcoming). ‘Huang Zongxi: Making it safe not to be servile‘. In Amber Carpenter & Rachael Wiseman (Eds.) Portraits of Integrity. London: Bloomsbury.

Field, S. L. (2015). ‘The state: Spinoza’s institutional turn‘. In A. Santos Campos (Ed.), Spinoza: Basic Concepts, 142-154. Exeter: Imprint Academic.

Review Articles

Field, S. L. (2019). Review of Becoming Political, by Christopher Skeaff. Contemporary Political Theory, DOI: 10.1057/s41296-019-00309-z.

Field, S. L. (2018). Review of Hobbes and the Two Faces of Ethics, by Arash Abizadeh. European Hobbes Society Online Colloquium,

Popular Press

2016. ‘What’s in a name? How a democracy becomes an aristocracy‘, Democracy Futures series, The Conversation, 7 October 2016.

2015. ‘Contentious politics: Hobbes, Machiavelli, and corporate power‘, Democracy Futures series, The Conversation, 20 November 2015.

2015. ‘The will of the people: multitude or mob?‘, The Philosopher’s Zone, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio National, 14 June 2015.



Book Manuscript (currently under review)

Potentia: Hobbes and Spinoza on Power and Popular Politics

The book draws on the political writings of Hobbes and Spinoza to establish a conceptual framework for understanding the genesis, risks, and promise of popular power. It makes an original contribution at the intersection of early modern philosophy and democratic theory.


American Political Science Association.

American Philosophical Association.

Association for Political Theory.

Australasian Association of Philosophy.

International Conference for the Study of Political Thought.

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