Dr Ross Carroll
B.A. (University College Dublin), M.S.C (London School of Economics), PhD (Northwestern University)
My teaching and research are primarily in the history of early modern political thought with a particular focus on the writings of Mary Wollstonecraft, Edmund Burke, David Hume, the Third Earl of Shaftesbury, and Alexis de Tocqueville. Thematically my work mainly deals with issues surrounding the passions, ridicule, fanaticism, religious toleration, and censorship. My current book project is titled Uncivil Mirth: Laughter and Ridiciule from Shaftesbury to Wollstonecraft.
Office hours for AY 2018-19 Term 3: Tuesdays 11-1 or by appointment in Amory B215.
I am available to supervise PhD students in any theme of early modern political thought including the passions, toleration, civility, republicanism, constitutionalism, and poltitical economy.
- POL1026 - Early Modern Political Thought
- POL3198 - Revolution and Modern Political Thought
- POLM057 - Understanding and Interpretation in Political Thought
My early education was in my native Ireland. I completed a BA in politics and philosophy at University College Dublin before leaving for England to complete a Msc in International Relations at the London School of Economics. Following a period working in Brussels I travelled to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship and received a doctorate in political science from Northwestern University in 2013 for a dissertation on the politics of enthusiasm in Shaftesbury, Hume, and Burke. From 2009 to 2012 I served as Assistant Editor of Political Theory: an International Journal of Political Philosophy. Before arriving at Exeter in the autumn of 2015 I spent two years as Visiting Assistant Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.