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Freddy Foks

Freddy Foks

Junior Research Fellow, King's College


I am a historian of Britain's empire state from roughly 1880 to 1970. I have particular interests in the history of the human sciences, political economy, racism, migration and the politics of expertise. I studied history as an undergraduate at King's College, London and did my graduate training at Cambridge and at Princeton, where I was a Procter Fellow.

Research Interests

My PhD thesis was a study of British social anthropology from the 1920s to the 1970s. Some findings from this research have been published in Comparative Studies in Society and History. I am now in the process of turning this dissertation into a book. Future work will focus on the history of British imperialism, white supremacy, emigration and settler colonialism in East and Central Africa.


I mainly teach modern British history, focusing especially on the politics of racism and multiculturalism, 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'

In the 2019/20 academic year I will be co-teaching a class on the Modern British History MPhil titled 'Race and Empire in Modern British History'

Other Professional Activities

Editor (reviews), 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.