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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


Director of Studies at Homerton College


Christopher Brooke is University Senior Lecturer in Political Theory and Fellow and Director of Studies in Politics at Homerton College. He holds a PhD from Harvard University and has worked at Oxford (2000-2009), Cambridge (2009-2012), Bristol (2012-2014), and Cambridge again (since 2014).


I am working on three main projects: on European union before the European Union, a history of distributive political thought from 1699 to the present, and a general history of political thought in the period 1794-1848. 


Key publications: 
  • Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (London: Penguin, 2017).
Other publications: 
  • ​‘Wollstonecraft and Rousseau’, for The Wollstonecraftian Mind, Sandrine Bergès, Eileen Hunt Botting, and Alan Coffee, eds. (London: Routledge, 2019), pp. 161-170.
  • ‘Arsehole Aristocracy (or: Montesquieu on honour, revisited)’, European Journal of Political Theory, vol. 17, no. 4 (October 2018), pp. 391-410.

  • ‘Eighteenth-century Carthage’, in Commerce and Peace in the Enlightenment, Béla Kapossy, Isaac Nakhimovsky, and Richard Whatmore, eds. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 2017), pp. 110-24.

  • ‘“The porch to a collectivism as absolute as the mind of man has ever conceived”: Rousseau scholarship in Britain, from the Great War to the Cold War’, in Avi Lifschitz, ed., Engaging with Rousseau (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), pp. 136-51.

  • ‘Isaiah Berlin and the origins of the “totalitarian” Rousseau’, in Ritchie Robertson and Laurence Brockliss, eds., Isaiah Berlin and the Enlightenment (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 89-98.
  • ‘Rousseau’s Second Discourse, between Epicureanism and Stoicism’, in Rousseau and Freedom, Stanley Hoffmann and Christie MacDonald, eds. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp. 44–57.
  • ‘“Locke en particulier les a traitées exactement dans les mêmes principes que moi”: revisiting the relationship between Locke and Rousseau’, in Locke’s political liberty: readings and misreadings, Christophe Miqueu and Mason Chamie, eds (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, SVEC, 2009:04),
    pp. 69–82.

Teaching and Supervisions


The History of the History of Political Thought (PhD class, since 2014)

The History of Political Thought (Part II, all periods)

The Modern State and its Alternatives (Part I)

Associate Professor of Political Theory
University Teaching Officer
Fellow, Homerton College
Dr Christopher   Brooke