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Freddy Foks


I read history at King's College, London where I was awarded the Sambrooke Exhibition & Henry Neville Gladstone Exhibition and the Charles Harold Williams Prize. I then did an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History at Cambridge. In 2014 I started a PhD funded by the AHRC. During the 2016/17 academic year I was a visiting student at the Department of History at Princeton University as a Jane Eliza Procter Fellow.

Research Interests

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.

More broadly, I am interested in the political, cultural and intellectual history of modern Britain and its empire.


‘Bronislaw Malinowski, ‘Indirect Rule’ and the Colonial Politics of Functionalist Anthropology, c. 1925-1940’, Comparative Studies in Society and History, forthcoming (2018)

‘The Sociological Imagination of the British New Left:  “Culture” and the “Managerial Society”, c. 1956-62’, Modern Intellectual History, FirstView,

'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


I supervise for Paper 5/POL 11 - 'The History of Political Thought From c. 1890 to the Present and Political Philosophy' and Paper 11 - 'British Economic and Social History since 1880'

Other Professional Activities

Associate editor, History of Anthropology Newsletter