Professor Georgios Varouxakis

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

Undergraduate teaching

Postgraduate teaching

Postgraduate supervision 

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


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Membership of professional associations or societies

Editorial Positions

  • Member of the Editorial Committee of the journal Utilitas (Cambridge University Press)

Appearances in the media