Reader in Political Thought
University Teaching Officer
I am interested in modern political and economic ideas and their intellectual history. Relatedly, I am interested in the ways that those histories shed light on how we might think about contemporary politics. Current research focuses on the intellectual history of the First World War; the nature of political judgment; the challenge of the Anthropocene, and histories of the history of political thought since 1848.
Post-graduate supervision interests
I am interested in supervising projects in line with my research interests, namely on modern political theory.
Undergraduate Teaching (course organiser)
I regularly lecture for the paper Political Philosophy and the History of Political Thought since c. 1890, and am the course organiser for it.
I regularly teach on and supervise for the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History, and have supervised doctoral students on a broad range of subjects in modern political thought.
The State of the Political: Conceptions of Politics and the State in the Thought of Max Weber, Carl Schmitt and Franz Neumann, Oxford University Press for The British Academy, 2003.
Lineages of Empire: The Historical Roots of British Imperial Thought (ed.) Duncan Kelly, (= Proceedings of the British Academy, no. 155) Oxford University Press for The British Academy, 2009.
The Propriety of Liberty: Persons, Passions and Judgement in Modern Political Thought, Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010.