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)
  • 'The Problem of the Future in Postwar Anglo-American Political Philosophy', Climatic Change (Online First, 2016) 
  • ‘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 NationThe New YorkerThe 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’. In 2016 I was the winner of the Annual Montreal Political Theory Manuscript Workshop Award.