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Key staff members are Dario Castiglione, Ross Carroll, Robin Durie, Iain Hampsher-Monk, Robert Lamb, Sarah Drews Lucas, James Muldoon, and Andrew Schaap.

Several other staff members are affiliated with the programme both from within the department and from other disciplines.

We also have a number of excellent Doctoral Students and MA students.

More details about our researchers can be found on their individual profile pages.

Dr Dario Castiglione

Centre Director

Dario Castiglione’s field of interest is political theory and its history, with particular application to contemporary European developments. His main areas of research comprise democratic theory, the interconnection between state and society, the history of early modern political thought, and democracy and constitutionalism in the EU.

Dr Sarah Drews Lucas

Sarah Drews Lucas's areas of research are feminist philosophy and critical theory. She works on questions of agency, autonomy, communicability, narrative, and personal identity. Her current projects focus on feminist narrative agency and on communicating the harm of sexual violence. She is also interested in gender and politics, theories of social justice, democratic theory, continental philosophy, and the work of Hannah Arendt.

Dr Ross Carroll

Ross Carroll's research interests are in the history of early modern political thought, with a focus on eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain and France. His current areas of specialisation include the Enlightenment debate on the appropriate use of ridicule in religious and political argumentation, Mary Wollstonecraft's views on political economy, the history of contempt as a political and moral concept, women's hidden intellectual labour, and Gustave de Beaumont's criticisms of European settler colonialism.

Dr Robin Durie

Robin Durie's research interests lie in continental political philosophy and public policy. He has expertise in the history of phenomenology, particularly Bergson and Deleuze and has published work on problems of time, change and difference. He has investigated processes of change in the National Health Service and processes of social and urban regeneration in the South West and Cornwall. He is currently investigating the theme of 'sustainability' from the perspective of theories of emergence and the evolution of artificial culture, and problems of interpretation that emerge in the study of artificial and alien cultures.

Professor Iain Hampsher-Monk

Iain Hampsher-Monk’s own research interests lie in early-modern political thought and discourse, in particular, in republican thought and its naturalisation in British political thinking, in seventeenth and eighteenth-century radicalism, the political thought of Edmund Burke and his contemporaries, and in methodological problems associated with the history and understanding of the political thought of the past. He also works and publishes on contemporary political thought, particularly in areas associated with democratic theory, toleration and theories of equality.

Professor Robert Lamb

Robert Lamb’s research interests lie in the history of political thought and contemporary moral and political philosophy. In the historical sphere, his main interests are in eighteenth and nineteenth century political writing, particularly that of British 'radicals' (liberals and early socialists), and in the methodological problems involved in the interpretation of past political texts and ideas ('Cambridge School' historicism and its critics). Robert’s philosophical interests are in the Anglo-American analytic tradition, especially questions of normative ethics, theories of equality and distributive justice and issues surrounding property rights.

Dr James Muldoon

James Muldoon’s main areas of research are democratic theory and the history of political thought. He workds on the European council movements of the early twentieth century and the political thought of Hannah Arendt, Rosa Luxemburg, and Michel Foucault. He also has a broad interest in the history of political thought and seeks to draw connections between current debates concerning political agency, power, and democratic institutions and the political thought of the German tradition of Kant, Hegel, and Marx.

Dr Andrew Schaap

Andrew Schaap’s broad research area is contemporary political theory. He is particularly interested in the work of Hannah Arendt, the concept of the political, theories of radical democracy and the politics of human rights. He also has interests in transitional justice, including the concept of reconciliation, constitutionalism, forgiveness, collective responsibility and the place of memory in politics.

Affiliated staff