Dr Katrina Forrester

Lecturer in the History of Political Thought

I joined Queen Mary in 2014. I took my BA, MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge. During my PhD, I spent a year at Harvard University, in 2012-14, I held a Junior Research Fellowship at St John’s College, Cambridge, and in Spring 2015 I was a visiting scholar at NYU Gallatin

In Spring 2016 I will be programme director for the intercollegiate MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History. 


My main research interests are in the history of twentieth-century political thought and the intellectual history of the United States. My first book is a history of the rise of Anglo-American liberal political philosophy since the 1950s. I am also interested in European intellectual history, the history of economic and environmental thought, and am currently beginning a new project on the history of feminist ideas about work. 

Undergraduate teaching

Postgraduate teaching

Postgraduate supervision 

I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the history of twentieth-century political thought, particularly in the following areas:

  • US Intellectual History and Political Thought
  • History of Contemporary Political Theory
  • Feminist Political Thought


  • Reinventing Morality: A History of American Political Thought since the 1950s (Princeton University Press, forthcoming)
  • Nature, Action and the Future: Political Thought and the Environment (ed. with Sophie Smith) (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)
  • ‘Citizenship, War and the Origins of International Ethics in American Political Philosophy 1960-1975', Historical Journal 57, 3 (2014): 773 - 801
  • ‘Judith Shklar, Bernard Williams and Political Realism’, European Journal of Political Theory, 11, 3 (2012): 247-72
  • ‘Hope and Memory in the Thought of Judith Shklar’, Modern Intellectual History, 8, 3 (2011): 591-620

My essays and reviews have appeared in the London Review of Books, The Nation, The New Statesman, Political Quarterly, Dissent, Open Democracy, and the Cambridge Literary Review.



In 2013, I was awarded an international Dan David Prize Scholarship for my work in the field of ‘Ideas, Public Intellectuals and Contemporary Philosophers’.