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

I undertook my undergraduate work at University College Dublin and completed my PhD at King’s College, Cambridge. I am co-director of the Centre for the Study of the History of Political Thought and Co-Director of the AHRC funded Popular Sovereignty Network. I have published on Enlightenment political thought, Romanticism, political judgement and Irish History.

Research 

I am currently completing Empire and Revolution: The Political Life of Edmund Burke for Princeton University Press.  A second edition of Peace in Ireland: The War of Ideas (London: Pimlico, 2003) appeared in 2012. A volume of essays on Political Judgement, co-edited with Raymond Geuss, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. My 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 teaching

Postgraduate supervision 

I welcome 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

I have commented on current affairs for BBC television, the BBC World ServiceRTE radio, the Financial TimesThe Irish Times, and Prospect Magazine. I also review 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.