Reader in Political Thought and International Relations
University Teaching Officer
Office hours: Tuesdays 11.00 - 12.00pm
Duncan's primary research interests are in the history of modern political thought and contemporary (international) political theory. More specifically, he works on the following topics:
History of Political Thought
British social and political thought, c.1850-present; modern British and American ideologies of empire and imperial expansion; and the history of the human sciences (especially political science and international relations) in the twentieth century.
Contemporary Political Theory & IR
Contemporary normative theories of global politics; critical IR theory; varieties of political realism; questions of empire, race and historical injustice in political theory; political aesthetics, with a focus on architecture.
In 2012 he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize for his work on the history of political thought.
Duncan is the convener for Pol 17: The Politics of the Future, 1880-2080, a third year undergraduate course that explores the nature of utopian/dystopian thought. He also teaches the philosophy and sociology of social sciences on the PhD program, and various topics on the M.Phil in Political Thought and Intellectual History. He supervises M.Phil and PhD theses on contemporary political theory, international theory, and the history of modern British and American political thought.
Duncan is Director of Studies in Politics and Sociology at Christ’s College.
- Reordering the World: Essays on Liberalism and Empire (Princeton University Press, 2016)
- The Idea of Greater Britain: Empire and the Future of World Order, 1860-1900 (Princeton University Press, 2007) [Winner of the Whitfield Book Prize, Royal Historical Society]
- (ed. With Joel Isaac) Uncertain Empire: American History and the Idea of the Cold War (Oxford University Press, 2012)
- (ed.) Ethics and World Politics (Oxford University Press, 2010)
- (ed.) Political Thought and International Relations: Variations on a Realist Theme (Oxford University Press, 2009)
- (ed.) Victorian Visions of Global Order: Empire and International Relations in Nineteenth Century British Political Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
- (ed.) Memory, Trauma, and World Politics: Reflections on the Relationship Between Past and Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)
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