Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Professor Jaffe has a B.A. in Comparative Politics and Philosophy from Bowdoin College, an M.Sc. degree in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto. He has taught at both Bowdoin College and the University of Toronto, where he was the inaugural Bloom Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow in Classical Thought.
His research focuses on Classical Political Thought, International Relations, and the History of International Political Thought. Overall, he has wide-ranging research interests in Greek conceptions of human nature, which are political (or moral) psychologies, and more specialized interests in the phenomenon of political motion – war and civil war – as it was conceptualized by the writers and thinkers of the 5th and 4th Centuries BC in Greece. He is also interested in how classical frameworks can enrich contemporary debates in the social sciences.