Sandra Leonie Field is a political philosopher. Her research investigates conceptions of political power and their implications for democratic theory; she approaches these themes through engagement with texts in the history of philosophy, especially Hobbes and Spinoza. She is the author of Potentia: Hobbes and Spinoza on Power and Popular Politics (Oxford University Press, 2020).

More broadly, she teaches and is interested in political thought, theory, and philosophy, both historical and contemporary; moral philosophy, both Western and non-Western; and social theory.

Dr Field is a committed teacher; she strives to connect philosophy and theory to students’ lived experiences. Student writing from her classes is showcased at http://equalitydemocracy.commons.yale-nus.edu.sg.



Dr Field completed her PhD in Politics at Princeton University in 2012, in the Program in Political Philosophy. She holds a Masters degree in Philosophy at the University of New South Wales (Australia), where she was also awarded a University Medal for her Honours research. Her undergraduate studies were in Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Sydney.

Other Publications

2016. ‘What’s in a name? How a democracy becomes an aristocracy’, Democracy Futures series, The Conversation, 7 October 2016.

2015. ‘Contentious politics: Hobbes, Machiavelli, and corporate power’, Democracy Futures series, The Conversation, 20 November 2015.

2015. ‘The will of the people: multitude or mob?’, The Philosopher’s Zone, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio National, 14 June 2015.

Blog Posts


    American Political Science Association.

    American Philosophical Association.

    Association for Political Theory.

    Australasian Association of Philosophy.

    International Conference for the Study of Political Thought.

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