Professor Rosemary Foot

Professor Rosemary Foot

Rosemary Foot is Professor of International Relations, and the John Swire Senior Research Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford University. She has been a Fellow of the College since 1990, was Senior Tutor from 2003-2005 and was Acting Warden of the College from January-October 2012.

Professor Foot studied at the University of Essex (1972), the London School of Oriental and African Studies (1973), and the London School of Economics and Political Science where she completed a PhD degree in 1977. She then took up a post as Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex, in the School of English and American Studies, acting as Sub Dean of the School from 1985 and 1987. She moved to Oxford in 1990. She has been an American Council of Learned Societies/Fulbright Scholar at the East Asian Institute, Columbia University, in 1981-82; a visiting exchange scholar at the People's University in Beijing in 1986; a visiting fellow at the Center for International Studies, Princeton University in 1997; visiting Kiriyama Professor for Pacific Rim Studies at the Center for the Pacific Rim, University of San Francisco in 2002; a visiting fellow at the Belfer Center, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University from January to June 2006, the visiting S. Rajaratnam Professor of Strategic Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore from August to November 2006; and visiting scholar at the Dr Seaker Chan Center, Fudan University in Shanghai in September 2013.  As well as being a Fellow of St Antony's, she is a member of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford.

Professor Foot was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1996.

Professor Foot's most recent book, co-authored with Andrew Walter, is titled China, the United States, and Global Order (2011, Cambridge University Press: see Her most recent edited book is China Across the Divide: The Domestic and Global in Politics and Society (Oxford University Press, 2013). She is also author of several other books and monographs, including Framing Security Agendas: US Counter-Terrorist Policies and Southeast Asian Responses (2008); Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism in America's Asia Policy (2004); and Rights Beyond Borders: the Global Community and the Struggle over Human Rights in China (2000).  Earlier books have covered US-China relations, and US policy during the Korean War. She has also co-edited a number of works, including Does China Matter? A Reassessment (2004, with Barry Buzan); Order and Justice in International Relations (2003, with John L. Gaddis and Andrew Hurrell); and US Hegemony and International Organizations (2003, with Neil MacFarlane and Michael Mastanduno). For a fuller list of publications please see

Research Interests
Her principal research interests are in the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, particularly security policies, human rights, regional institutional and normative developments, and US-China relations.

Professor Foot teaches primarily on the MPhil and DPhil programmes in International Relations, offering the option "The International Relations of East Asia". She also contributes to the MPhil and MSc in Modern Chinese Studies.