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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

College: Trinity College


I am a final-year PhD student in the history of political thought in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge.

My doctoral dissertation examines contests over the meaning and significance of race among British and American progressives at the turn of the twentieth century, especially in debates about colonial or imperial democracy. It investigates how debates on the relationship between democracy and empire in Britain produced new critiques of white racial supremacy, including claims about race as a psychological force and corrupting ‘belief’. I have served as seminar assistant for the seminar in Political Thought and Intellectual History, and currently am the webmaster for the Cambridge Centre for Political Thought.



Key publications: 

‘Hobson on White Parasitism and Its Solutions’, Political Theory (published online, August 2023) – [abstract / full article / PDF ]

‘Dissolving the Colour Line: L. T. Hobhouse on Race and Liberal Empire’, European Journal of Political Theory (published online, May 2022) – [abstract / full article / PDF]

Teaching and Supervisions


At Cambridge, I supervise or have supervised for the following undergraduate papers:

1. POL1: The Modern State and Its Alternatives, an introduction to political theory for students in the Human, Social and Political Sciences Tripos.

2. POL11/History Paper 5: Political Philosophy and the History of Political Thought since c.1890, for final-year undergraduate students in History, Philosophy, and Politics courses.

3. Evidence and Argument (co-taught with faculty as a graduate assistant), a methods paper for first-year History and Politics students, taught in small classes.

I have also run undergraduate-level workshops for the History Faculty on study skills, including sessions on essay writing, note taking, and historiography. I am committed to helping students navigate and thrive in their academic studies.

Thesis Title: Imperial Democracy and Race on the British Left, c. 1885–1914
Supervisor: Professor Duncan Bell

Contact Details

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Twitter: @bentan220
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