Larry George

Dr. Larry George

Larry GeorgeOffice: SSPA 239

Phone: (562) 985-5289


I am Professor of Political Science at California State University, Long Beach, specializing in theories of international politics and political violence.   I received my B.A. in History and Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, and my M.A. and Ph.D. from the Princeton University Program in Political Philosophy.  I am currently writing on what I call pharmacotic violence: the relation between political violence and human sacrifice, and the ways that political societies have viewed war as medicine, poison, and addictive drug.

Select Publications

Larry George, “Commentary on ‘Changing the Political Climate: A Transitional Imperative,'” Great Transition Initiative (September 2014)

Larry N. George, “Leo Strauss’ Squid Ink: Zetetic Political Philosophy and Esoteric Reading” in Tony Burns and James Connelly, The Legacy of Leo Strauss (2010)

Larry N. George, “American Insecurities and the Ontopolitics of US Pharmacotic Wars” in Francois Debrix and Mark Lacy, Eds., The Geopolitics of American Insecurity (2009)

Larry N. George, “Review of Anne Norton, Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire,” Political Theory, Vol. 34, No. 3, June, 2006

Larry N. George, “Pharmacotic War and the Ethical Dilemmas of Engagement,” International Relations, Vol 19, No. 1 (2005): 115-25

Larry N. George, “On Pharmacotic War,” Chapter 11 of Bulent Gokay and R.B.J. Walker, Eds., 11 September 2001: War, Terror, and Judgement (London: Frank Cass Publishers, 2003, pp. 155-75.

Larry N. George, “The Pharmacotic War on Terrorism”, Theory, Culture, and Society Vol. 19, No. 4, August, 2002

Larry N. George, “9-11: Pharmacotic War”, Theory and Event (Johns Hopkins University Press) Vol. 6, No. 1 (2001)

Larry N. George, “Seguid Vuestro Jefe: The Polemic Supplement and the Pharmacotic Presidency”. Theory and Event (Johns Hopkins University Press) Vol. 2, No. 3 (1998).

The Constitution and the Conduct of American Foreign Policy (Coedited with David Adler), Foreword by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1996)

“Democratic Theory and the Conduct of American Foreign Policy”, Ch. 2 of Adler and George, Constitution and the Conduct of American Foreign Policy, pp. 57-81

“’The Fair Fame of the Dead’: The Precession of War Simulacra and the Reconstruction of Post-Cold War Conservatism”, Ch. 3 of Frederick M. Dolan and Thomas L. Dumm, Eds., Rhetorical Republic: Governing Representations in American Politics (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1993)

Larry N. George, “Tocqueville’s Caveat: Centralized Executive Foreign Policy & American Democracy”, Polity, Vol. 22, No. 3 (Spring, 1990), pp. 419-441

“Realism and Internationalism in the Gulf of Venezuela”, Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs, Vol. 30, Issue 4 (Winter, 1988-89), pp. 139-70

La Decadencia del Dragon: U.S. Hegemonic Decline and the Future of Interamerican Relations”, International Relations, Vol. IX, No. 3, May, 1988