January 3, 2013, by Graham Kendall

Michael Freeden joins School of Politics and International Relations, UK

This recently appeared in the THES.

A prominent figure in the study of political ideology is joining the University of Nottingham’s School of Politics and International Relations. Michael Freeden, emeritus professor of politics at the University of Oxford after a long career at the institution, will take up a three-year part-time chair in political theory at Nottingham in January. “I was looking for a new challenge and was delighted to have been approached by a first-class university such as Nottingham,” he said. “I hope to initiate a number of research and learning activities and to organise projects on ideologies, on conceptual history and on the study of actual political thinking.” Additionally, he said, he was keen to engage with the students at the school. “There have been countless occasions when I have learned from students’ analyses and consequently improved my own understanding,” he said. “Academics need that particular kind of freshness and enthusiasm to prevent them from sinking into routine.” Professor Freeden took his undergraduate and doctorate degrees at Oxford and became a tutor of politics at Mansfield College in 1978, where he was also a professorial fellow.

In addition, seven other new members of staff will be arriving at the School of Politics and International Relations during 2013, which will add to their research and teaching strengths in British and European politics as well as international relations and security studies.

Dr Helen Williams and Dr Anja Neundorf will be starting in January 2013;

Professor Katharine Adeney, Dr Rory Cormac and Dr David Gill will start in April 2013

Dr Kyriaki Nanouin in June 2013 and Dr Caitlin Milazzo in July 2013.


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