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Dr Duncan Bell

Dr Duncan Bell

Reader in Political Thought and International Relations

University Teaching Officer

Christ's College

Office hours: Tuesdays 11.00 - 12.00pm

Office Phone: 01223 767 249

Research Interests

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 20: 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.

Key Publications


For a full list of publications (including on-line papers):