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Professor Iain Hampsher-Monk


I attended St Marylebone Grammar School in central London and studied Politics Philosophy and Economics at the University of Keele (1965-69), and with Bernard Crick at the University of Sheffield (1969-71). Following a number of excavations in the 1960s I briefly considered a career as a field archaeologist before joining the Department at Exeter as a lecturer in political theory in 1971. I've held visiting posts at the University of Missouri, St Louis and at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (Wassenaar, Den Hague). Since 1995 I have been Professor of Political Theory at Exeter, specialising in the history of political thought and contemporary political theory, and between 1996 and 2000 I was head of Department. Since then until 2009 I was Director of Research in the Department. I was a member of the Politics and IR Panel for the RAE2001 and RAE2008. I have been external examiner for taught courses at the Universities of Lancaster, LSE and Cambridge (twice), and examined Doctorates at many English Universities including  UCL, LSE and Cambridge and abroad at  the Sorbonne, European University Institute and the universities of Utrecht, Tampere etc.  

In 1980, with Janet Coleman, now Professor Political Theory at LSE, I founded and have since edited the journal History of Political Thought which is recognised as the premier journal in its field worldwide.

I've published widely in the field of the history of political thought (Historical Journal, British Journal of Political Science, Political Studies, Journal of British Studies, European Journal of Political Thought, Enlightenment and DIssent, Cambridge History of EIghteenth Century Political Thought, etc. and to a lesser extent in contemporary political thought, and my work has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and Korean.

Since the late 1980s I've been increasingly involved in a range of international collaborative projects including two European Science Foundation networks, one as contributor to The Origins of the Modern European State, and one as founder and member of the steering committee of Republicanism: a Shared European Heritage. Both projects led to major publications. Following my period at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study I've also been closely involved with the Dutch National Conceptual History Project, (jt. ed. Conceptual history: comjparative perspectives (Amsterdam, 1998) and latterly with the International Political and Social Concepts Group. I've also enjoyed working with Tom Sorrel and Luc Foisneau in an Anglo-French group on aspects of political theory since Hobbes.