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Postgraduate community

The PhD in Political Theory

The Centre for Political Thought is home to an intellectually vibrant and supportive network of PhD students who benefit from being teaching colleagues as well as fellow researchers. Students pursue a range of research interests, and have excellent facilities in which to discuss topics, texts and thinkers. Theory students are part of a cohort of postgraduate researchers doing work in other research clusters and have ample opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary work. There are many opportunities to develop professionally by participating in conferences, workshops, and the weekly reading group meetings. Doctoral students in political theory also benefit from frequent and supportive contact with the fantastic academic staff here at Exeter. 

All PhD students have the opportunity to take on paid employment as teaching assistants during their time at Exeter.

The Centre for Political Thought at Exeter has an outstanding record for the professional placement of completed PhDs.

For information on postgraduate funding click here.

Name

Year

Title

Supervisors

Placement

Bingshu Zhao

Current

Bringing the family back into
early modern political thought

Dario Castiglione and
Ross Carroll

 

Lingzheng Zeng

Current

Isaiah Berlin: Pluralism and Toleration

Dario Castiglione and Catriona McKinnon

 

Dougie Booth

Current

Marxism and Socialist Republicanism

James Muldoon and Andy Schaap

 

Lewis Cooper

Current

To follow

Andy Schaap and Bice Maiguashca

 

Vivian Hall

Current

The Whig Coryphaeus: Walter Moyle
and the Civic Humanist Tradition

Ross Carroll

 

Riina Ylinen

Current

Hannah Arendt’s capitalism’ and the ‘value of value’ in contemporary India

Andy Schaap

 

Oliver Roberts-Garratt

Current

Foucault, Hyppolite, and the Ineffable

James Muldoon

 

Jessica Stanier

Current

Phenomenology and Aging 

Robin Durie

 

Sally Murrani

Current

Iraq's Mandaean Diaspora in Citizenship Extravaganza

Dario Castiglione

 

Yutao Zhao

2021

Self-love and the artificiality of Civil Society: Hobbes, Mandeville and Hume

Dario Castiglione
and Ross Carroll

 Lecturer, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou (China)

Katherine Townsend

2020

Liberalism and Problems with Female Genital Cutting

Robert Lamb and Andrew Schaap

Associate Lecturer, Politics, Exeter

Andreas Karoutas

Current

Overturning the Majority

Andrew Schaap and Alex Prichard

 [move upwards]

Becca Mavin

?

Afghan asylum seekers in the U.K.

Andrew Schaap

 

Martin Moorby

2019

Marx's "Riddle": Alien Politics in the Thought of Karl Marx

Iain Hampsher-Monk and Dario Castiglione

 Associate Lecturer, Politics, Exeter

Zhangmei Tang

2021

The Coordinates of Arendt's thought

Andrew Schaap and Robin Durie

 

Jack Griffiths

2018

Rethinking "Flourishing" as an Organic Concept of the Good: The Interpretation of Development and the Evaluation of Life

Robin Durie and John Dupré

Associate Lecturer, Politics, Exeter

Keith Sutherland

2017

Giving Up on the Concept of Representation

Dario Castiglione

Partner, Imprint Academic

Roberto Baldoli

2016

Aldo Capitini and the Religious Liberation of Nonviolence

Claudio Raedelli and Andy Schaap

 Associate Researcher, UCL

Farhad Kerimov

2016

Pluralism, Discourse, and Democratic Politics

Andy Schaap and Dario Castiglione

Head of International and Comparative Politics Department, American University of Central Asia

Biao Zhang

2015

Concepts of Rationality in Classical Political Theorists and Their Representations in IR Theory

Iain Hampsher-Monk and Alex Prichard

 Lecturer, China University of Law and Politics, Beijing (China)

Jan Pieter Beetz

2015

Popular Sovereignty in Europe

Dario Castiglione and Nicole Bolleyer

Assistant Professor, Utrecht University

Stuart Ingham

2015

Egalitarianisms and Exploitation

Robert Lamb

Deputy Director of Policy at the Labour Party

Alexandra Boehme

2014

The Multidimensional Sovereignty of the European Union

Dario Castiglione

Senior Associate, EMEA Centre for Regulatory Strategy

Christiane Smith

2014

Articulating Ecological Injustices

Bice Maiguashca and Andy Schaap

 

Gabriel Thebolt

2014

Reconceptualising Emergent Wholes

Robin Durie

 

Owen Thomas

2014

The Iraq Enquiries: Publicity, Secrecy, and Liberal Security

Andy Schaap and John Heathershaw

Lecturer, University of Exeter

Christopher Fear

2013

Concepts of Time and History in Nineteenth Century (British) Political Theory and Cultural Criticism

Iain Hampsher-Monk and Ed Skidelsky

Lecturer, University of Hull

Mike Cailes

2012

The Divergence of Thought on War and Peace in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe

Iain Hampsher-Monk

 

Robin Dunford

2012

Immanent Creativity and Constitutive Power

Robin Durie and Andy Schaap

Lecturer, University of Brighton

Marios Filis

2012

Political Ethics: History and Theory

Dario Castiglione

Outsourcing Business Manager, LCH

Christopher Nathan

2012

The Basis of Human Equality

Keith Hyams

Research Fellow, University of Warwick

Simon Townsend

2012

Nietzche's Monster of Energy: The Self-Creation of the Great Man

Robin Durie

Associate Lecturer, Politics, Exeter

Robin Douglass

2011

The Political Thought of Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Iain Hampsher-Monk

Reader in Politics, Kings College London

Claire Bonham

2010

Rethinking the Divide: Beyond the Politics of Demand vs. The Policy of the Act Debate

Bice Maiguashca and Andy Schaap

Strategic Lead, Volunteering, Salvation Army

Joanie Willett

2010

Why is Cornwall so Poor?: Narrative, Perception, and Identity

Robin Durie and Jonathan Githens-Mazer

Lecturer, University of Exeter

Saud Al-Tammami

2009

Enlightenment in Contemporary Arab Thought: Juxtaposing Averroes and Kant

Iain Hampsher-Monk

 

Cassie Hague

2009

Polluted Inheritances?: Children, The Political Imagination, and the Search for a Non-Oppositional Notion of Child Citizenship Rights

Bice Maiguashca and Robin Durie

 

Nikola Regent

2009

Magistra Vitae: History as Inducement for Action

Iain Hampsher-Monk

Research Fellow, Australian National University

Benjamin Thompson

2009

Activity, Passivity, and the Politics of Will and Disposition in the Thought of Locke and Rousseau

Iain Hampsher-Monk and Dario Castiglione

Associate Professor, Kyungpook National University