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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


Sabbatical and Research Leave 24-25 (Michaelmas, Lent, and Easter Terms)


Research Interests

Modern political and economic ideas, and their intellectual histories. Current writing is focused on completing (i) an intellectual history of the First World War (a long book manuscript has just been sent out for review) (ii) a book on the overlapping histories of political and economic thought between the revolutions of 1848 and the First World War, and (iii) a short account of the relationships between 'wartime' and the Anthropocene.

Post-graduate supervision interests

I am keen to supervise projects in line with my research interests. For a list of recent and current PhD students I have been principal supervisor for, see my CV.


Key publications: 

Politics and the Anthropocene, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2019.

The Propriety of Liberty: Persons, Passions and Judgement in Modern Political Thought, Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010.

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 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.

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


Teaching and Supervisions


Undergraduate Teaching (course organiser)

Political Philosophy and the History of Political Thought since c. 1890.

Postgraduate Teaching

Regular teaching on the MPhil in POLIS and the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History; convenor of the 'Research Methods' seminars for new PhD students since 2021.

Professor of Political Thought and Intellectual History
University Teaching Officer
Fellow, Jesus College
Sabbatical and Research Leave 24-25 (Michaelmas, Lent, and Easter Terms)
Professor Duncan  Kelly

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