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Freddy Foks

Freddy Foks

Junior Research Fellow, King's College

Research Interests

I am a historian of Britain's empire state, with a particular interest in the human sciences, racism, migration and the politics of expertise.

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

Future work will focus on the history of white supremacy, emigration, settler colonialism and science in East and Central Africa.


I mainly teach British history, focusing especially on the politics of racism and multiculturalism, gender relations and the history of sexuality, economic policy, social change and other related topics. I have also taught on broader themes in historiography and in modern political theory. In Cambridge speak this translates as:

Part 2, Paper 1 - 'Historical Arguments and Practice': 'intellectual history' and 'race'

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

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

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.