Professor of the History of Political Thought
Location Arts Two 3.09
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8374
I joined Queen Mary in 2006. I grew up and went to school in Crete. I studied History in Athens, Greece, and then came to England, where I completed an MA in Legal and Political Theory at University College London (UCL) and then a PhD in History at UCL. My work to date has concentrated on nineteenth-century political thought (British and French) with a particular emphasis on John Stuart Mill, and, to a lesser extent, Walter Bagehot, Matthew Arnold, Auguste Comte, Alexis de Tocqueville and François Guizot. I have also worked on political thought on nationalism and cosmopolitanism, empire, and on intellectual history of ideas of ‘Europe’ and ‘the West’ and attitudes towards the EEC/EU. I am currently engaged in a new research project on British, French and American international political thought in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I currently serve as Co-Director of the QMUL Centre for the Study of the History of Political Thought and as programme director for the intercollegiate MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History.
I will be away during the academic year 2017-2018, as I will be a Senior Research Fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the Göttingen Institute of Advanced Study, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
My research interests include:
- history of political thought (British, French and American, 19th-20th centuries)
- history of international political thought/political thought on international relations
- John Stuart Mill’s political thought and philosophy
- political thought on nationalism, patriotism and cosmopolitanism
- intellectual history of the idea of ‘Europe’ and attitudes towards ‘Europe’
- history of the idea of ‘the West’
- Anglo-French intellectual relations and mutual perceptions
- political thought on empire and imperialism
I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:
- British or French political thought/intellectual history, 19th or 20th cent.
- John Stuart Mill’s thought
- History of international political thought/political thought on international relations.
- Political thought on empire and imperialism.
- Political thought on nationalism, patriotism, cosmopolitanism
- History of historiography
Book monographs (single-authored):
- Liberty Abroad: J. S. Mill on International Relations (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [Ideas in Context Series], August 2013 – x + 256 pages).
- Mill on Nationality (London and New York: Routledge [Routledge/PSA Political Studies Series], 2002).
- Victorian Political Thought on France and the French (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002).
Edited or co-edited volumes:
- Utilitarianism and Empire, co-edited with Bart Schultz (Lanham, ML: Lexington Books, 2005).
- John Stuart Mill: Thought and Influence – The Saint of Rationalism, co-edited with Paul Kelly (London and New York: Routledge, 2010).
- Patriotism and Nationhood in Nineteenth-Century European Political Thought, Special Issue (guest-edited by Georgios Varouxakis) of the European Journal of Political Theory, Vol. 5, No. 1 (2006). ‘Introduction: Patriotism and Nationhood in 19th-Century European Political Thought’, pp. 7-11, written by Georgios Varouxakis.
- Contemporary France: An Introduction to French Politics and Society, co-authored with David Howarth (London: Arnold, 2003).
- ‘“Negrophilist” Crusader: John Stuart Mill on the American Civil War and Reconstruction’, History of European Ideas, Vol. 39, No. 5 (2013), pp. 729-54.
- ‘“Patriotism”, “Cosmopolitanism” and “Humanity” in Victorian Political Thought’, European Journal of Political Theory, Vol. 5, No. 1 (2006), pp. 100-118.
- ‘Guizot’s Historical Works and J. S. Mill’s Reception of Tocqueville’, History of Political Thought, Vol. 20, No. 2 (1999), pp. 292-312.
- ‘John Stuart Mill on Intervention and Non-Intervention’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, Vol. 26, No. 1 (1997), pp. 57-76.
- ‘National Character in John Stuart Mill’s Thought’, History of European Ideas, Vol. 24, No. 6 (1998), pp. 375-91.
- ‘The Public Moralist versus Ethnocentrism: John Stuart Mill’s French Enterprise’, European Review of History, Vol. 3, No. 1 (1996), pp. 27-38.
- ‘John Stuart Mill on Race’, Utilitas, Vol. 10, No. 1 (1998), pp. 17-32.
- ‘French radicalism through the eyes of John Stuart Mill’, History of European Ideas, Vol. 30 (2004), pp. 433-61.
- ‘Uncelebrated Trouble Maker: John Stuart Mill as English Radicalism’s Foreign Politics Gadfly’, in: K. N. Demetriou and A. Loizides (eds), John Stuart Mill: A British Socrates (Palgrave Macmillan, February 2013, forthcoming), pp. 126-153.
- ‘Mid-Atlantic musings: The “Question of Europe” in British intellectual debates, 1961-2009’, in: Justine Lacroix and Kalypso Nicolaïdis (eds), European Stories: Intellectual Debates on Europe in National Contexts (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 147-166.
- ‘Cosmopolitan patriotism in J. S. Mill’s Political Thought and Activism’, in Nadia Urbinati and Alex Zakaras (eds), J. S. Mill’s Political Thought: A Bicentennial Reassessment (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 277-297.
- ‘The international political thought of John Stuart Mill’, in: Ian Hall and Lisa Hill (eds), British International Thinkers from Hobbes to Namier (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), pp. 117-136.
- ‘“Great” versus “Small” Nations: Size and “National Greatness” in Victorian Political Thought’, in Duncan Bell (ed.), Victorian Visions of Global Order: Empire and International Relations in Nineteenth-Century Political Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 136-158.
- ‘Empire, race, Euro-centrism: John Stuart Mill and his critics’, in: Bart Schultz and Georgios Varouxakis (eds), Utilitarianism and Empire (Lanham, ML: Lexington Books), 2005, pp. 137-54.
- ‘The Idea of “Europe” in Nineteenth-Century Greek Political Thought’, in: Philip Carabott (ed.), Greece and Europe: Aspects of a Troubled Relationship (London, 1995), pp. 16-37.
Membership of professional associations or societies
- Member (and former Chair, 2005-2006) of the Executive Committee of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies [ISUS].
- Member of the Bentham Committee, University College London.
- Member of the Convening Committee (and, for the academic years 2006-2007 and 2008-2009, main convenor) of the ‘History of Political Ideas’ Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research [IHR], School of Advanced Study, University of London.
- Fellow of the Royal Historical Society [RHS], UK
- Member of the Political Studies Association of the UK [PSA].
- Co Director of The Centre for the Study of the History of Political Thought, Queen Mary University of London
- Member of the Editorial Committee of the journal Utilitas (Cambridge University Press)
Appearances in the media
- Interviewed on Open Democracy web-network (interview released in three parts: 10, 17 and 28 Oct. 2013) on issues raised by my book Liberty Abroad: J.S. Mill on International Relations (CUP, 2013)
- Axess TV, Sweden (2007)
- Sky News
- The Today Programme, BBC Radio 4 (8 April 2006)
- Analysis, BBC World Service (2002)