Co-directors

Skinner-photographProfessor Quentin Skinner

Quentin Skinner is Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities in the School of History at Queen Mary, University of London. His research interests include the intellectual history of early-modern Europe and political philosophy in the seventeenth-century, with a particular focus on the work of Thomas Hobbes. He is also interested in a number of more purely philosophical issues, such as the nature of interpretation and historical explanation, and in several topics in contemporary political theory, in particular the concept of political liberty and the character of the State. Amongst his main publications are The Foundations of Modern Political Thought, 2 vols. (Cambridge University Press: 1978), Machiavelli (Oxford University Press: 1981), Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes (Cambridge University Press: 1996) Visions of Politics, 3 vols. (Cambridge University Press: 2002), Hobbes and Republican Liberty (Cambridge University Press: 2008) and Forensic Shakespeare (Oxford University Press: 2014). Please click here for a complete and up-to-date curriculum vitae.

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Profgvarouxakis_menu-thumbessor Georgios Varouxakis

Georgios Varouxakis is Professor of the History of Political Thought in the School of History, Queen Mary University of London. His work to date has concentrated on nineteenth-century political thought (British and French) with a particular emphasis on John Stuart Mill, and, to a lesser extent, Walter Bagehot, Matthew Arnold, Auguste Comte, Alexis de Tocqueville and François Guizot. His third book monograph, Liberty Abroad: J. S. Mill on International Relations was published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press (Ideas in Context Series). He has also written on political thought on nationalism and cosmopolitanism, empire, and on the intellectual history of ideas of ‘Europe’ and ‘the West’ and attitudes towards the EEC/EU. He is currently engaged in a new research project on British, French and American international political thought in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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Executive committee

gstedmanjones_menu-thumbProfessor Gareth Stedman Jones

Professor Gareth Stedman Jones joined Queen Mary, University of London, in September 2010. He has been, since 1991, Director of the Centre for History and Economics, Cambridge, as well as Professor of Political Science, History Faculty, Cambridge University, between 1997 and 2010, and a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge University since 1974. He received a BA from Lincoln College, Oxford, and a DPhil from Nuffield College, Oxford where he was later a Research Fellow. He then became an Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Fellow, at the Goethe University, Frankfurt before taking up a Fellowship and King’s College and a Lectureship and subsequently a Readership in the History Faculty of the University of Cambridge.

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Professor Andrew Fitzmaurice

Andrew Fitzmaurice is Professor of the History of Political Thought at Queen Mary. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge and spent many years teaching at the University of Sydney, before joining QMUL in 2020. His research has focused upon the ideologies of European empires. His early work concerned the political ideas of early American colonisation. More recently he has been concerned with Europeans’ justifications for the appropriation of land and sovereignty in the non-European world from the sixteenth century through to the twentieth. His ongoing research interests include the political thought of non-state entities, particularly chartered companies.

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Dr Waseem Yaqoob

Waseem Yaqoob is Lecturer in the History of Political Thought at Queen Mary. He is a historian of modern political thought specialising in the history of ideas about politics, economics and international order in the twentieth century. He is also interested in ideas of solidarity, and the history of military occupation and civilian resistance in South Asia, in particular Kashmir, where his family is from. He currently serves as co-director for the intercollegiate MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History offered jointly by UCL and QMUL. His first book, entitled History and Judgment: The Political Thought of Hannah Arendt, is under review with Princeton University Press. Prior to joining Queen Mary in 2019 he was a Lecturer in Modern Political Thought at the University of Cambridge, Research Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge and a DAAD Visiting Fellow at Humboldt University. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he also gained his BA.

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Advisory committee

jf_square_menu-thumbDr Jean-François Drolet

Dr Jean-Francois Drolet is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. He studied  at the University of Lund, London (LSE) and Oxford. He obtained his D.Phil in 2009 and then went on to take a lectureship at City University for two years before joining Queen Mary in September 2011. His research interests include the intellectual history of Weimar political thought, the political thought of Friedrich Nietzsche, and the intellectual history of American foreign policy. His first book, American Neoconservatism: The Politics and Culture of a Reactionary Idealism, was published on Columbia University Press in 2011 and Oxford University Press (paperback) in 2013. He is presently working on a new book on Nietzsche and international political theory.

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misabella_menu-thumbDr Maurizio Isabella

Maurizio Isabella was educated at the University of Milan, where he studied Italian literature and Modern History. He then went on to take a Masters’ degree in European Studies at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he also obtained his doctoral degree in 1998. After a stage at the European Commission, Maurizio worked for five years in Brussels, first as Assistant to the Secretary General of UNICE, the representation of European Industry to the European Institutions, and then as consultant and political analyst advising companies and trade associations on European policies.

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Maksymilian (Maks) Del Mar is Reader in Legal Theory, and Co-Director of the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context, at the Department of Law, Queen Mary University of London. He completed undergraduate degrees in law, literature and philosophy at the University of Queensland, a PhD in Law at the University of Edinburgh, and a Doctorat ès sciences sociales at the University of Lausanne. He has a particular interest in the relationship between legal theory and history, and in the history of Scottish jurisprudence. Thanks to a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2013-2014), he is presently completing a book for Stanford University Press on the relationship between the philosophical and the political in Sir Neil MacCormick’s (1941-2009) life and work.

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