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About Us

Welcome to the Cambridge Centre for Political Thought.

Through the links on this site you will find information on a wide range of activities in the history of political thought, political theory, and intellectual history at the University of Cambridge and beyond. These include the weekly seminar, individual lectures and conferences, and our graduate and undergraduate courses; you can also access the websites of the Faculty of History and the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at Cambridge.

Cambridge is a world-leading centre for the study of the history of political thought. Many of the subject’s finest practitioners have studied and taught here, among them John Dunn, John Pocock, Quentin Skinner, Gareth Stedman Jones, Richard Tuck and Melissa Lane. Through their research and teaching, the present generation of Cambridge scholars continually takes the subject forward in new directions, reinforced by a large and lively community of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Directors: Prof. Richard Bourke (History), Dr. Duncan Bell (Politics and International Studies), Dr. Annabel Brett (History), Prof. Duncan Kelly (Politics and International Studies)

The Centre for Political Thought is generously supported by the Cambridge University Press, and is administered under the aegis of the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) and the Faculty of History.