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Dr Waseem Yaqoob

Dr Waseem Yaqoob

Lecturer in the History of Modern Political Thought


I am a political theorist and historian of modern political thought. Before becoming a lecturer 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.

Research Interests

My main research interests are on theories of political judgment and social action, approaches to politics and international order in Europe during the twentieth century and the intersection between theories of history, technology and the environment.

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

I am also writing a book reinterpreting German political theory from the 1890s to the 1960s, drawing on 'Herrschaft and Gewalt from the Kaiserreich to the Berlin Republic', a collaborative, DAAD-funded project I have been running since 2015.


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 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.

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