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Dr Waseem Yaqoob

Dr Waseem Yaqoob

Fixed-Term University Lecturer in the History of Modern Political Thought


I am an intellectual historian and historian of the political thought of modern Europe. After training as a historian at the University of Cambridge, I took up a Henry Procter Visiting Fellowship in Politics at Princeton University. I then returned to Cambridge for a PhD in History before beginning a DAAD Research Fellowship at the Institut für Philosophie at Humboldt University, Berlin. I then took up a Research Fellowship in Politics at Pembroke College, Cambridge in 2014, before starting my current post.

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the intersection between modernism and politics in European intellectual culture, and in ideas about society, economy and international order during the twentieth century,. I am currently working on a book project reinterpreting the history of German political thought from the 1890s to the 1960s, drawing on 'Herrschaft and Gewalt from the Kaiserreich to the Berlin Republic', a collaborative international project I have been running with the support of the German Academic Exchange Service.

I am also completing a book for Princeton University Press based on my PhD and titled History and Judgment: The Political Thought of Hannah Arendt. Historicising the work of the German-Jewish political philosopher, it explores her neglected engagements with French existentialism, Hegelian-Marxism, philosophy of science, and German Staatsraison, in the process shedding light on the wider history of twentieth-century European émigré thought.


I am the convener and a lecturer for Part II History Paper 5: Political Philosophy and the History of Political Thought since c. 1890. I also run an MPhil Text Class, co-teach a PhD seminar on the History of the History of Political Thought, and teach undergraduates for the Historical and Argument and Practice paper.

I supervise students taking the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History working on modern European political thought and intellectual history.

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