Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Department of Political Science and Public Administration

Area(s) of Interest:

  • Research: Since arriving in Bilkent in 2004 I have worked on theories of imperialism and cosmopolitanism, a theory of liberty, a theory of politics, a theory of ideologies, a theory of tradition, a theory of the state, and various issues surrounding the question of what difference historical consciousness makes to political philosophy. I have published on some of these subjects; not yet on others. I have written on other subjects, too: on philosophy in general, on scepticism, on historical drama, and on literature.
  • Teaching: The history and philosophy of politics: political concepts, political ideologies, varieties of contemporary political theory, the nature of politics.

Office: Building T, 373

Phone: +90 (312) 290 18 96


Office Hours: After class

Short Biography:

Born 1972 in Middlesbrough, England. Read the Historical Tripos at Trinity College, Cambridge University, receiving a B.A. in History in 1994, an M.Phil in Political Thought and Intellectual History in 1995, and a Ph.D. in History (on the political thought of George Bernard Shaw) in 2000. The thesis was later published as a book, Shaw’s Controversial Socialism (University Press of Florida, 2009). A post-doctoral appointment at King’s College, 2000-03, led eventually to the private publication of a book, E.F. Bulmer: A Life (London: Cooke and Bulmer, 2009). Appointed fixed-term lecturer in the Department of Politics, Cambridge University, 2003-04. Appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Bilkent University, 2004.