Dr Christopher Brooke

University Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, POLIS
Fellow and Director of Studies in Politics, Homerton College
Christopher Brooke is University Senior Lecturer in Political Theory and Fellow and Director of Studies in Politics at Homerton College. He holds a PhD from Harvard University and has worked at Oxford (2000-2009), Cambridge (2009-2012), Bristol (2012-2014), and Cambridge again (since 2014).
I am working on three main projects: on European union before the European Union, a history of distributive political thought from 1699 to the present, and a general history of political thought in the period 1794-1848.
The Modern State and its Alternatives (Part I Politics)
The History of Political Thought (Part II, all periods)
The Political Thought of Michel Foucault (MPhil course)
The History of the History of Political Thought (PhD class)
Treasurer, Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought
Recent doctoral students have been working on a moral anthropology of global health, the concept of public opinion in Benjamin Constant, ex-Communist political thought, the social imaginary of egalitarian political thought (and fairness in China), and republicanism and human excellence.


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Key publications

Philosophic Pride: Stoicism and Political Thought from Lipsius to Rousseau, Princeton University Press (2012).
Co-editor, with Elizabeth Frazer, Ideas of Education, Routledge (2013).
Editor, Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, Penguin (2017).
‘Arsehole Aristocracy (or: Montesquieu on honour, revisited)’, European Journal of Political Theory (2018).
‘Robert Malthus, Rousseauist’, The Historical Journal (2020).
‘Non-Intrinsic Egalitarianism, Hobbes to Rousseau’, The Journal of Politics (forthcoming).

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