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Dr Amin Samman

Lecturer in International Politics

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of International Politics

Contact Information


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D521, Rhind Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Dr Amin Samman (BSc UCL, MSc LSE, PhD Birmingham) joined City University London in January 2013. His research concerns the temporal and historical dimensions of contemporary capitalism, with specific reference to global finance.


Dr Samman's research interests include:

Crisis theory
Aesthetics of finance
Futurity in economics
History of economic thought
Historical theory and method
Philosophies of time and history
Contemporary theories and approaches in IPE

He welcomes prospective PhD students interested in any of these or the following areas:

Theories of global order and change
History and politics of IPE theory
Contemporary visions of economic development
Constructivist and cultural political economy approaches



  1. Samman, A. and Seabrooke, L. (2016). International Political Economy. In Guillaume, X. and Bilgin, P. (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology (pp. 46–59). London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-73225-3.

Internet publication

  1. Samman, A. (2015). Money's other worlds: On the magical underpinnings of our ostensibly rational economies. Stanford University Press Blog.

Journal articles (10)

  1. Samman, A. (2016). Conjuring the spirit of multilateralism: Histories of crisis management during the ‘great credit crash’. Review of International Studies, 42(2), pp. 227–246. doi:10.1017/S0260210515000133.
  2. Samman, A. (2016). The specter of capital. Journal of Cultural Economy, 9(1), pp. 108–114. doi:10.1080/17530350.2015.1100650.
  3. Samman, A. (2015). Crisis theory and the historical imagination. Review of International Political Economy, 22(5), pp. 966–995. doi:10.1080/09692290.2015.1011682.
  4. Samman, A., Coombs, N, and Cameron, A, (2015). For a post-disciplinary study of finance and society. Finance and Society, 1(1), pp. 1–5. doi:10.2218/finsoc.v1i1.1366.
  5. Samman, A. (2015). Introduction: Money's other worlds. Finance and Society, 1(2), pp. 23–26. doi:10.2218/finsoc.v1i2.1382.
  6. Samman, A. (2014). Making financial history: The crisis of 2008 and the return of the past. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 42(2), pp. 309–330. doi:10.1177/0305829813511866.
  7. Samman, A. (2012). The 1930s as black mirror: Visions of historical repetition in the global financial press, 2007-2009. Journal of Cultural Economy, 5(2), pp. 213–229. doi:10.1080/17530350.2012.660792.
  8. Samman, A. (2011). The idea of crisis. Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies, 4, pp. 4–9.
  9. Samman, A. (2011). History in finance and fiction in history. economic sociology_the european electronic newsletter, 12(3), pp. 26–34.
  10. Samman, A. (2008). Imagining East Asia. Naked Punch Review, 10, pp. 74–81.


This year Dr Samman convenes one core module in political economy, and an advanced elective in cultural economy.

IP2022: States and Markets in an Era of Globalisation
IP3033: Cultural Political Economy

Other Activities

Editorial activity

  1. Founding co-editor. Finance and Society, 2015-present
    Co-editor. Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies, 2010-2014
    Writing editor. Under/Current Magazine, 2008–2010
    Assistant editor. Naked Punch Review, 2007–2009


  1. Dr Samman has acted as peer-reviewer for the following publications and publishers:

    Review of International Political Economy
    European Journal of International Relations
    British Journal of Politics and International Relations
    Cambridge University Press
    Political Studies Review
    Security Dialogue
    Zed Books

    He is also a member of the following professional organisations:

    International Studies Association
    European International Studies Association
    European Sociological Association
    British International Studies Association
    UK Higher Education Association (Associate Member)