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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



I am a historian of modern political thought and a political theorist. Before taking up my current post I was Randall-Dillard Research Fellow in Politics at Pembroke College (2014-2016) and DAAD Visiting Fellow at the Institut für Philosophie at Humboldt University in Berlin (2013-2014). Before that I completed my PhD in History at Cambridge and was Henry Procter Visiting Fellow in Politics at Princeton University.


My main research interests are the history of ideas about politics, economics and international order in Europe during the twentieth century, and the intersection between theories of history, technology and the environment. I am also interested in theories of political judgment and social action.

I currently have a book manuscript under review with Princeton University Press entitled 'History and Judgment: The Political Thought of Hannah Arendt'. Offering a new interpretation of Arendt's thought, my book examines her engagements with French existentialism, Hegelian-Marxism, secularisation, philosophy of science and technology and reason of state, and in the process sheds light on the intellectual history of the mid-twentieth century.

I am currently working on a monograph reinterpreting twentieth century German thought on the state and international order, drawing on 'Herrschaft and Gewalt from the Kaiserreich to the Berlin Republic', a collaborative, DAAD-funded project that I ran from 2015 to 2017.


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Teaching and Supervisions


I am the course organiser for Paper 5/POL 11: Political Philosophy and the History of Political Thought since c. 1890, for which I also lecture. I also teach one of core classes for the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History, and for the History of Political Thought 1700-1890, POL 1 (Theories of the State) and Historical and Argument and Practice.

At the graduate level I teach Text and Methods classes for the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History, and have co-taught the PhD seminar on the History of the History of Political Thought.

I supervise students taking the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History and working on modern political thought and intellectual history. I have supervised projects on the history of human rights, Heidegger and Arendt on art, and French socialism.

Lecturer in the History of Modern Political Thought
Dr Waseem  Yaqoob