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Dr Waseem Yaqoob

Dr Waseem Yaqoob

Randall Dillard Research Fellow


Waseem Yaqoob is Randall Dillard Research Fellow in Politics and History at Pembroke College, affiliated with the Faculty of History and the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. In 2014 he received a PhD in History from Cambridge, having also received his MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History and BA in History there. In between his MPhil and PhD he was Henry Procter Visiting Fellow at the Department of Politics at Princeton University.

Research Interests

My main research is on modern European political thought. I am currently completing a book manuscript under contract with Princeton University Press entitled 'History and Judgment: the political thought of Hannah Arendt', which builds on my doctoral thesis and will be one of the first monographs to place Arendt's political thought in its full historical context. It situates her engagements with Hegelian-Marxism, philosophy of science, French existentialism, 'realism' and reason of state in German, French and American intellectual debates. I reassess Arendt's work as an attempt to connect political judgment to historical understanding, in the process shedding light on the wider history of twentieth-century European and American political thought.

I am also working on a second book project reinterpreting twentieth-century German political thought through the lens of concerns about geopolitics, culture and economics from the 1890s to the late 1960s. This project builds on 'Herrschaft and Gewalt from the Kaiserreich to the Berlin Republic', a series of five DAAD-funded collaborative workshops with German researchers that I am organising in 2016.


I teach in both History and Politics at Cambridge, supervising for 'The History of Political Thought since c.1890 and Political Philosophy' and 'The History of Political Thought c. 1700-1890'. I also teach Historical Argument and Practice and help run Study Skills sessions at Pembroke College.

Key Publications

Reconciliation and Violence: Hannah Arendt on Historical Understanding’, Modern Intellectual History 11 (2), 2014

‘The Archimedean Point: Science and Technology in the Thought of Hannah Arendt, 1951-1963’, Journal of European Studies, 44 (2), 2014