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Dr Duncan Kelly

Dr  Duncan Kelly

Reader in Political Thought

University Teaching Officer

Jesus College

Office hours: Thursdays 1.00-2.00pm

Office Phone: 01223 334617

Research Interests

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.

Postgraduate Teaching

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.

Key Publications

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.

For a fuller list of current publications, please see my brief CV.