About Dr Callum Barrell
Dr Barrell joined New College of the Humanities in September 2016 as a Lecturer in Politics & International Relations, having taught here as a Visiting Lecturer in 2015. He lectures on a range of subjects, from the history of Western political thought to contemporary international political theory. He convenes a course for the MSc in Global Politics titles ‘Universal Man: Global Citizenship in Western Political Thought, c.1750-1850’ and served as Acting Head of Department from March to September 2017.
Prior to joining NCH he was a Senior Teaching Assistant in the School of History at Queen Mary University of London, where he taught on two courses, ‘The History of Western Political Thought from Thucydides to Marx’ and ‘History in Practice’.
His PhD explored the roles of history and historiography in classical utilitarianism, drawing on the logical, historiographical, and epistemological writings of Jeremy Bentham, James Mill, George Grote, J.S. Mill, and Auguste Comte.
He studied for a BA in History and an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge, where, under the supervision of Prof. Paul Cartledge, he developed keen interests in ancient Greek political thought and its reception in the nineteenth century.
PhD in History of Political Thought, Queen Mary’s University (2015)
MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History, University of Cambridge (2011)
BA in History, University of Cambridge (2010)
Dr Callum Barrell's Research
Callum’s research interests lie in the history of historiography and historical method; classical utilitarianism; Comtean positivism; the history of logic and epistemology in the early nineteenth century; and the history of political thought from classical antiquity to the early twentieth century. My doctoral dissertation, which I submitted in 2015 at Queen Mary University of London, examined the relationship between history, logic, epistemology, and political theory in classical utilitarianism. I am currently writing a book about a similar topic, to be published by Cambridge University Press.
He is also working to transcribe and situate within its historical and intellectual contexts an unpublished essay by J.S. Mill, which will shed light on his later philosophical writings.
History and Historiography in Classical Utilitarianism (under contract; forthcoming 2017/18)
‘J.S. Mill’s Unpublished Essay on Sentiment and Sentimentality’ (article, forthcoming)
Review: ‘Frank Prochaska, Eminent Victorians on American Democracy: The View from Albion (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012), Journal of Intellectual History and Political Thought 1.1 (2012), pp. 292-295
Dr Callum Barrell's Teaching
Prior to joining NCH Dr Barrell was a Senior Teaching Assistant in the School of History at Queen Mary University of London, where he taught on two courses, ‘The History of Western Political Thought from Thucydides to Marx’ (2012-2015) and ‘History in Practice’ (2014-2015).
Teaching Assistant, Queen Mary University of London (2012-2014)
Senior Teaching Assistant, Queen Mary University of London (2014-2015)
Visiting Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, New College of the Humanities (2015)
Development of NCH’s MSc in Global Politics
Development of MSc course, ‘Universal Man: Global Citizenship in Western Political Thought, c. 1750-1850’
Design and development of undergraduate course, ‘Modern Political Thought’
Writing and development of lectures, seminars, and tutorials for the University of London’s (International Programme) course on international political theory, which were delivered to students at NCH
10 March 2018 – ‘J.S. Mill on Universal History and the Logic of Progress’ (paper delivered to the Seminar in Political Thought and Intellectual History at Trinity College, Cambridge)
28 January 2018 – ‘J.S. Mill on Universal History’ (paper delivered to a conference on ‘Narratives of Progress’ at Christ Church, Oxford)
English, Spanish and basic French.