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Professor Jeremy Jennings

Head of School & Professor of Political Theory

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Postal Address:

School of Politics & Economics
King’s College London
Strand Campus
Bush House (North East Wing)
30 Aldwych
London WC2B 4BG


Room number: 8.04 Bush House (North East Wing)

Office Hours: 

Mondays 4pm to 5pm or by appointment

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7848 1754


Having received his doctorate from the University of Oxford, Jeremy taught at the University of Swansea (1979-1995), the University of Birmingham (1995-2005), and Queen Mary University of London (2005-2013). He served as Head of Department in Birmingham and at Queen Mary, was Vincent Wright Professor at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques in Paris in 2006 and was also a visiting fellow at the University of Columbia Research Centre in Paris. Jeremy holds a visiting professorship with the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques.


Jeremy teaches the undergraduate module on Liberalism.

Jeremy's teaching has largely fallen within the area of the history of political thought from the Renaissance onwards. Recently he has has taught options on liberalism, twentieth-century political thought and the history of economic thought.


Jeremy's research focuses upon the history of political thought in France. He is presently finishing a book provisionally entitled Travels with Tocqueville and is acting as co-editor of the Cambridge History of French Thought (to be published in 2019). A larger, long-term project is to write a history of the concept of liberty.


Jeremy's first book, on the French political thinker Georges Sorel, was published in 1985. In 1990 he published Syndicalism in France: A Study of Ideas.  He subsequently published several edited collections of essays on the role of intellectuals in politics and a four-volume collection of essays on socialism. Jeremy translated and edited Sorel's Reflections on Violence for Cambridge University Press and more recently edited an edition of Destutt de Tracy's Treatise on Political Economy. With Aurelian Craiutu, he published a volume of Alexis de Tocqueville's writings on America after 1840. In 2011 he published Revolution and the Republic: A History of Political Thought in France since the Eighteenth Century. This book won the Franco-British Society's Enid McLeod book prize.

Jeremy has published chapters in many book collections and has also published articles in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of the History of Ideas, Political Studies, the British Journal of Political Science, and elsewhere. 

Jeremy was founding editor of the European Journal of Political Theory.


Revolution and the Republic: A History of Political Thought in France since the Eighteenth century (Oxford University Press: 2011)

Tocqueville on America after 1840 (Cambridge University Press: 2009)

Republicanism in Theory and Practice. Routledge: London, 2005. (ed) with Iseult Honohan

Critical Concepts: Socialism. Routledge: London, 2003, 4 Vols. (ed)

Georges Sorel: Reflections on violence. CUP: Cambridge, 1999; 2nd ed. 2002; Chinese ed. 2003. Ed and translator

The Edinburgh Encyclopedia of Continental Philosophy. Edinburgh UP: Edinburgh, 1999. (eds.) with Simon Glendinning et al.

Intellectuals in Politics: From the Dreyfus Affair to Salman Rushdie. Routledge: London & New York 1997. (eds.) with Tony Kemp-Welch

Intellectuals in Twentieth-Century France. Macmillan, London, 1993. (ed)

Syndicalism in France: A Study of Ideas. Macmillan: London, 1990

Georges Sorel: the Character and Development of his Thought. Macmillan: London, 1985.

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