About Dr Callum Barrell
Dr Barrell joined New College of the Humanities in September 2016 as Assistant Professor in Politics and International Relations, having taught here as Visiting Lecturer. He is now Associate Professor of Political Thought, lecturing on the history of political philosophy; contemporary international political theory; and green political and anthropogenic thought. He has twice served as Acting Head of Faculty and currently serves as the Faculty’s Senior Tutor and Postgraduate Coordinator. He teaches on three undergraduate (Modern Political Thought; International Relations: Theory and Practice; Dissertation) and two postgraduate courses (Green Political Thought; Dissertation).
His recent book, History and Historiography in Classical Utilitarianism, 1800-1865 (Cambridge University Press) intellectually resituates the utilitarians as philosophers and political thinkers who engaged deeply with the past, at a time when history acquired new significances as both a means and object of study.
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’ and ‘History in Practice’.
Dr Barrell undertook a PhD at Queen Mary University, under the supervision of Professors Georgios Varouxakis and Gareth Stedman Jones. Prior to that, 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 Professor Paul Cartledge, he developed a keen interest in ancient Greek philosophy and political thought.
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
Dr Barrell’s research lies at the intersection between the history of philosophy and the history of political thought. He is especially interested in the philosophy of history; dialogues between philosophy and politics in contemporary international relations (IR) and IR theory; and environmental political and philosophical thought. He is currently working on two projects. The first authenticates, transcribes, and puts historically into context an undiscovered philosophical essay by John Stuart Mill. The second addresses recent debates about the philosophy of history to equally recent debates about the history of political thought in the context of the ecological crisis.
History and Historiography in Classical Utilitarianism 1800-1865 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021).
‘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).
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)