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Richard Bourke to be next Professor of the History of Political Thought

last modified Mar 21, 2018 11:47 AM

Richard BourkeThe Faculty is very pleased to welcome Richard Bourke as the new Professor of the History of Political Thought. He will succeed John Robertson, whose immensely productive tenure of this chair comes to an end with his retirement in September.

Richard is currently Professor in the History of Political Thought at Queen Mary University of London, where he is is co-director of the Centre for the Study of the History of Political Thought. He took his first degree at University College Dublin and completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He also gained a second BA in Classics at Birkbeck College, University of London.

He has written widely on enlightenment political thought, ideas of democracy, nationalism and popular sovereignty, and modern Irish history. Among his numerous awards and accolades, in 2016 he was joint winner of the István Hont Memorial Book Prize in Intellectual History, for his Empire and Revolution: The Political Life of Edmund Burke (Oxford, 2015). He takes up his position in Cambridge in January 2019.