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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.


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, Vol. 60 No. 1 (Jan., 2018), 35-57

‘The Sociological Imagination of the British New Left:  “Culture” and the “Managerial Society”, c. 1956-62’Modern Intellectual History, FirstView (published online 10th Feb. 2017)

'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