SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Matthew Eagleton-Pierce

BA (London); MPhil, DPhil (Oxon)
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Matthew Eagleton-Pierce
Department of Politics and International Studies

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Dr Matthew Eagleton-Pierce
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+44(0) 20 7898 4701
SOAS University of London
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Term 1: Wednesdays 11:30-12:30, Thursdays 10-11am


Dr Matthew Eagleton-Pierce is a Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy. His research interests cover a number of areas in political economy, but are mainly focused on (1) the history and contemporary forms of neoliberalism, and (2) the political economy of global trade. Matt also has strong interests in the conceptual analysis of power and the application of the thought of Pierre Bourdieu to world politics. His first monograph, titled Symbolic Power in the World Trade Organization, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. He is also the author of Neoliberalism: The Key Concepts (Routledge, 2016), which seeks to critique the common vocabulary associated with neoliberal notions and policies. His current research is focused on two areas: (1) the political economy of managerialism; and (2) the relationship between expertise and civil society groups in the recent history of trade policy struggles. Matt previously taught at the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics, and the University of Exeter. He is a Member of the Senior Common Room at St Antony's College, Oxford. He holds a DPhil in International Relations, also from St Antony's College, Oxford.

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Matt is very interested in receiving offers for PhD students in many areas of international political economy and the wider study of capitalism. Particular topics of interest include, but are not limited to, neoliberalism, international trade, and theory. He is also willing to view offers within the areas of international relations theory, the conceptual analysis of power and legitimacy, and international organisations.


Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Ashraf El-Taher, Management Consultants in Political Economy - The Case of The Gulf
  • Celal Özkızan, Neoliberalism in a Small Country: Social Structures, Property Ownership and Class Structure in Northern Cyprus
  • Daniel Thumpston, Legitimacy in Chinese Foreign Policy
  • Dwi Kiswanto , Centre-Periphery Relations: Politics and Informalities in Indonesia's Intergovernmental Budget Allocation
  • Syed Sajid Abbas, Historical analysis of the British East India Company and its relation to capitalism and imperialism


International political economy, particular politics of world trade and history of neoliberalism; conceptual analysis of power and legitimacy; international political sociology


Authored Books

Eagleton-Pierce, Matthew (2016) Neoliberalism: The Key Concepts. Abingdon: Routledge.

Eagleton-Pierce, Matthew (2013) Symbolic Power in the World Trade Organization. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Eagleton-Pierce, Matthew (2018) 'Professionalizing Protest: Scientific Capital and Advocacy in Trade Politics'. International Political Sociology, (12) 3, pp 233-255.

Eagleton-Pierce, Matthew (2014) 'The Concept of Governance in the Spirit of Capitalism'. Critical Policy Studies, (8) 1, pp 5-21.

Book Chapters

Eagleton-Pierce, Matthew (2017) 'All The Trader's Men: Professionals in International Trade Policymaking'. In: Seabrooke, Leonard and Folke Henriksen, Lasse, (eds.), Professional Networks in Transnational Governance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 115-129.

Eagleton-Pierce, Matthew (2016) 'Historicising the Neoliberal Spirit of Capitalism'. In: Springer, Simon and Birch, Ken and MacLeavy, Julie, (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Neoliberalism. Abingdon: Routledge, pp 17-26.

Eagleton-Pierce, Matthew (2015) 'Symbolic Power and Social Critique in the Making of Oxfam’s Trade Policy Research'. In: Hannah, Erin and Scott, James and Trommer, Silke, (eds.), Expert Knowledge in Global Trade. Abingdon: Routledge.


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