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Dr Robert Lamb


I was born and raised in the post-industrial west of Scotland and am of partly Italian extraction. After reading Politics and History at Strathclyde, I headed south to take the MA in Political Philosophy at York, before coming to Exeter in October 2002, where I wrote a doctoral thesis - on liberal egalitarian thought in the late eighteenth century - under the supervision of Professor Iain Hampsher-Monk. In 2006, shortly before the completion of my PhD, I was appointed to a permanent lectureship in Political Philosophy, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2009 and Associate Professor in 2014.

I have held visiting fellowships at UC Berkeley (Center for British Studies, Autumn 2007), the University of St. Andrews (Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Spring 2010) and the University of Sydney (Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, Spring 2013). At Exeter, I have taken on various administrative roles, including Director of Education (2010-2012) and Director of Research (2015-2017), and took over as Head of Department in August 2017. 

Away from university life, my interests include unambitious rambling towards country pubs, playing 5-a-side football and chess, listening to country music, and indulging my love for all things Italian. Most of my heroes are fictional detectives.