Professor Richard Bourke

Professor in the History of Political Thought

Location Arts Two 4.05

Email: r.bourke@qmul.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8345

Richard Bourke undertook his undergraduate work at University College Dublin and completed his PhD at King’s College, Cambridge. He is co-director of the Centre for the Study of the History of Political Thought and co-director of the AHRC funded Popular Sovereignty Network. He has published on Enlightenment political thought, Romanticism, political judgement and Irish History.

Prof. Bourke will be a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin for the academic year 2014–15.

Research 

Richard Bourke’s Empire and Revolution: The Political Life of Edmund Burke will appear with Princeton University Press in 2015. A second edition of Peace in Ireland: The War of Ideas (link is external) (London: Pimlico, 2003) appeared in 2012. A volume of essays on Political Judgement (link is external), co-edited with Raymond Geuss, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. He is currently co-editing (with Quentin Skinner) Popular Sovereignty in Historical Perspective and (with Ian McBride) the Princeton Guide to Modern Irish History. His research has focused on ideas of empire, conquest, and democracy, and on political violence and conflict.

  • Eighteenth-Century Political Thought
  • Enlightenment Intellectual History
  • Ancient Political Thought
  • Twentieth-Century Political Ideas
  • Political Judgement
  • Democracy
  • Modern Nationalism
  • Irish History

Undergraduate teaching

Postgraduate supervision 

Richard welcomes applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:

  • History of Political Thought
  • Enlightenment Intellectual History
  • Modern Irish History

Publications 

Recent Selected Publications

Accolades

Membership of professional associations or societies 

Editorial Positions

Appearances in the media

Richard Bourke has commented on current affairs for BBC television, the BBC World ServiceRTE radio, the Financial TimesThe Irish Times, and Prospect Magazine. He also reviews regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and Political Quarterly.

  • ‘The Ultimatum Game’, The Philosopher’s Arms BBC Radio 4 (19 September 2011)
  • ‘Edmund Burke’,  In Our Time BBC Radio 4 (June 2010)
  • ‘Northern Ireland Debate’, Forum, Press TV (March 2009)
  • Edmund Burke on Politics’, Philosophy Bites (2008)
  •  ‘Northern Ireland Elections’, Hearts and Minds, BBC Northern Ireland (March 2007)
  • ‘Northern Ireland Peace Process’, BBC World Service (May 2005)
  • ‘Northern Ireland Peace Process’, BBC World Service (February 2005)
  • ‘Northern Ireland Peace Process’, BBC World Service (November 2004)
  • ‘Peace in Ireland’, Pat Kenny Show, RTE Radio (September 2003)
  • ‘A Bitter Consensus’, Comment, Prospect Magazine (June 2005)
  • ‘Wilson Clearly Wanted To Disengage from the North’, Report on UK State Papers for 1974, The Irish Times (1 January 2005)
  • ‘London Took Firm Stance on Hunger Strikes’, Report on UK State Papers for 1974, The Irish Times (4 January 2005)
  • ‘“Volatile” Mood in Republic After Dublin and Monaghan Bombings’, Report on UK State Papers for 1974, The Irish Times ( 4 January 2005)
  • ‘Army Nervous about Joint Action’ Report on UK State Papers for 1974, The Irish Times (4 January 2005)
  • ‘Skeleton in Britain’s Cupboard’, Report on UK State Papers for 1974, The Irish Times (4 January 2005)
  •  ‘Idi Amin and Ulster’, Report on UK State Papers for 1974, The Irish Times (2 January 2005)
  • ‘Digging in for Long Haul of Direct Rule: London Overview 1974’, Report on UK State Papers for 1974, The Irish Times (4 January 2005)
  • ‘Wilson Endorsed Continuing Contacts with Provisionals: British Secret Talks with Paramilitaries’, Report on UK State Papers for 1974, The Irish Times (2 January 2005)
  • ‘Deep Interrogation’, Report on UK State Papers for 1974, The Irish Times (2 January 2005)
  • ‘Army Intimidated by IRA’, Report on UK State Papers for 1974, The Irish Times (2 January 2005)
  • ‘Fears of IRA Air Attack’, Report on UK State Papers for 1974, The Irish Times (2 January 2005)
  • ‘Misrepresenting Account of Treaty Talks’, Comment (Reply to Kevin Myers), The Irish Times (10 February 2004)
  • (with Deaglán De Bréadún), ‘Britain Planned Tougher Shoot-to-Kill Powers’, Leader, The Irish Times (1 January 2004)
  • ‘London Overview 1973’, The Irish Times, Report on UK State Papers for 1973 (2 January 2004)
  • ‘Entitling British Troops to Shoot Citizens Envisaged: Operation Folklore’, Report on UK State Papers for 1973, The Irish Times (2 January 2004)
  • ‘Former NI Governor Found Bloody Sunday Report “Narrow” and “Confused”: Widgery Report’, Report on UK State Papers for 1973, The Irish Times (2 January 2004)
  • ‘British Army Penetration of the IRA Shown in File Passed to Cosgrave’, Report on UK State Papers for 1973, The Irish Times (2 January 2004)
  • ‘Heath was Told Irish Ministers were Timorous’, The Irish Times, Report on UK State Papers for 1973 (2 January 2004)
  • ‘Anglo-Irish Rapprochement’, Letter, Prospect Magazine (October 2003)
  • ‘The Good Friday Agreement’s Built-In Flaw’, Comment, Financial Times (19 December 2002)
  • ‘Consent: But to What?, Fortnight, No. 332 (October 1994), pp. 26–7.