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Freddy Foks

Freddy Foks

Junior Research Fellow, King's College


I read history at King's College, London and then did graduate research at Cambridge and at Princeton, where I was a Jane Eliza Procter Fellow.

Research Interests

I am a historian of modern Britain and its empire, with a particular interest in the history of the social sciences, racism and migration.

My PhD is a study of British social anthropology from the 1920s to the 1970s. I am currently looking at a number of sources - from colonial legal documents to government papers, and from personal archives to scholarly publications - to try to uncover the motivations and influences of social anthropologists in this period.

Future work will focus on the history of white supremacy, settler colonialism in East and Central Africa, and migration and citizenship in Britain's empire state.


Part 2, Paper 5/POL 11 - 'The History of Political Thought From c. 1890 to the Present and Political Philosophy'

Part 1, Paper 11 - 'British Economic and Social History since 1880'

Other Professional Activities

Associate editor, History of Anthropology Newsletter

Key Publications

‘Bronislaw Malinowski, ‘Indirect Rule’ and the Colonial Politics of Functionalist Anthropology, c. 1925-1940’Comparative Studies in Society and History, 60/1 (Jan., 2018), 35-57.

‘The Sociological Imagination of the British New Left:  “Culture” and the “Managerial Society”, c. 1956-62’Modern Intellectual History, 15/3 (Nov., 2018), 801-20.

'Review of Erik Linstrum, Ruling Minds – Psychology in the British Empire'Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 52/3 (July, 2016), 306-8.

‘Disrupting the disruptors: technology, politics and back-end morality’ Berkeley Journal of Sociology, 59 (2015), 78-85.