Professor Mark Goldie
My field is politics, religion, and ideas in early modern Britain.
I took my first degree at the University of Sussex (1970-3), and then came to Cambridge, to Corpus Christi College, to study for a PhD, under the supervision of Quentin Skinner. After a Research Fellowship at Gonville and Caius College, I went to Churchill College in 1979 as a College Lecturer. Later I was appointed to a University Lectureship, then Readership, then Professorship in Intellectual History. I have been editor of the Historical Journal, departmental chair of the History Faculty, and Vice-Master of Churchill College.
I retired in 2019, and became Honorary Professor of History at the University of Sussex.
Among the themes in my work are ideas of religious tolerance and intolerance, the reception of Hobbes and Locke, Tory and Whig ideologies, the rise of the Enlightenment critique of priestcraft, the practice and theory of officeholding, and the political theory and political lives of Locke.
I have published seventy articles and chapters and a dozen books, including edited collections of essays and editions of primary texts. My edition of Locke’s Political Essays has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese. I co-edited two volumes of The Cambridge History of Political Thought, and led a team that published an edition of Roger Morrice’s Entring Book, the richest English political diary of the 1670s to 1690s.
My principal current project is an intellectual biography of ‘post-Revolution Locke’: his public face in the aftermath of the English Revolution and the publication of his major works in 1689.
I have supervised 33 PhD students, half of whom have published their theses and hold university posts, in three continents. I no longer take on new students.
In Part I of the History Tripos I taught the History of Political Thought and Early Modern British Political History. In Part II I taught courses on the English Revolution; The Politics of Locke; Governance and Community in Early Modern England; and Press and Society in Early Modern England.
I no longer undertake undergraduate teaching.
I am chair of the editorial board of the Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke. I sit on the editorial boards of History of Political Thought and Locke Studies. I am a member of the international advisory board of the St Andrew’s Institute for Intellectual History. And I have served on the intellectual history panel of the Academy of Finland.