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Dr Tim Rogan

Dr Tim Rogan

Fellow and College Lecturer,

St. Catharine's College

Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of History

St. Catharine's College
Cambridge CB2 1RL
Office Phone: 01223 3 38321


After taking undergraduate degrees in law and arts at the University of Melbourne, I completed my MPhil and PhD in history at Peterhouse, Cambridge, before joining St. Catharine’s College as fellow and college lecturer in history in 2013. I also hold the title of affiliated lecturer in the faculty of history in the University of Cambridge.

Departments and Institutes

St Catharine's College:

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in the relationship between moral economies and market economies in Britain, Europe, the United States and the broader Anglo-world. My first book explains why measurements of material inequality replaced arguments about moral or spiritual deprivation in the critique of capitalism during the twentieth century. My current interest is the history of equity, an aspect of English (and thus of Anglo-world) law which has enabled courts to restrain conduct against conscience in commerce and limit government power, notwithstanding the excesses of economic rationality and administrative authority through the late twentieth century. I am also interested in interactions between historians of capitalism and innovators in economic theory after 1950. I give a course of lectures for undergraduate historians on crises of democracy in twentieth-century Britain. 


Key Publications

Tim Rogan, The Moral Economists: R. H. Tawney, Karl Polanyi, E. P. Thompson and the Critique of Capitalism (Oxford and London: Princeton University Press, 2017)

Tim Rogan, 'Karl Polanyi at the Margins of English Socialism, 1934-1947', Modern Intellectual History, 10 (2013), 317-346.

Other Publications

Book Reviews

Law in Theory and History: New Essays on a Neglected Dialogue. Edited by Maksymilian Del Mar and Michael Lobban. [Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2016], Cambridge Law Journal 77(1) (2018), 220-23.

Common Writing: Essays on Literary Culture and Public Debate by Stefan Collini [Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016], Reviews in History (November 2017)