Professor Duncan Bell

Director of Studies for Politics, Sociology, and International Relations in Part II of the HSPS Tripos
Professor in Political Thought and International Relations
University Teaching Officer
Politics and International Studies
Human, Social and Political Sciences
Research interests
Contemporary international political theory and modern intellectual history.
Professor Duncan Bell

Duncan's primary research interests are in the history of modern political thought and contemporary (international) political theory. More specifically, he works on the following topics:

History of Political Thought

British social and political thought, c.1850-present; modern British and American ideologies of empire and imperial expansion; and the history of the human sciences (especially political science and international relations) in the twentieth century.

Contemporary Political Theory

Contemporary normative theories of global politics; critical theory (broadly understood); varieties of political realism; the nature, scope and foundations of political thought, in particular the relationship between history and theory; aesthetics and political thought, with a focus on architecture; and conceptions of social memory and identity.

In 2012 he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize for his work on the history of political thought.