Amoz Hor 何进意

Amoz Hor 何进意
Monroe 451
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Areas of Expertise

Racialization, Emotions, IR Theory

Major- International Relations

Minor- Political Theory

Amoz's research concerns emotions and racialization in IR. His dissertation investigates how racialized liberalism enables a white democratic peace under the seemingly race-neutral guises of "liberal values" and "rule of law." He also has four side projects: 1. a typology of four logics of "structural racism" and its embeddedness in the liberal international order; 2. how emotions mediate trade and welfare preferences, symbolic uses of violence, human rights activism, and humanitarianism; 3. a typology of four logics of which political violence is a symptom of; and 4. how the inattentiveness to the philosophy of science and normativity misleads empirical research on emotions in IR. His paper, "The Affective Politics of Pop-Economics: How Racializing Japan Naturalized Protectionism and Welfare Cuts," won the Fred Hartman Prize for Best Graduate Student Paper in ISA-NE 2019. Previously, based on fieldwork in Singapore, Jakarta, and Aceh (Indonesia), his master's thesis investigated how the everyday emotional lives of aid workers shaped the way subaltern voices were heard and understood, and hence how aid beneficiaries were allowed to (not) participate in their own development or relief. Prior to coming to GW, he was a Tan Cheng Lock Scholar and research associate at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies - Yusof Ishak Institute, where he also was the associate editor of the Journal of Southeast Asian Economies.


M.Soc.Sci. in Political Science at the National University of Singapore

B.Soc.Sci. (Hons) in Political Science and Economics at the National University of Singapore


Hor, Amoz JY (2021). The everyday emotional lives of aid workers: How humanitarian anxiety gets in the way of meaningful local participation. International Theory, 1-30. doi:10.1017/S1752971921000166

Hor, Amoz JY. (2019). “Emotions in-and-out of Equilibrium: Tracing the Everyday Defensiveness of Identity” in Parsing the Passions: Methodology and Emotion in International Relations by Van Rythoven, E. and Sucharov, M. (eds). New York: Routledge.  

Daly, P. & Hor, Amoz JY. (2014). “Similar Events Different Disasters: A Comparative Assessment of the Aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean and 2011 Japan Tsunamis.” Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management 5(1), pp43-63.