Robin Bunce

Bye-Fellow, Director of Studies in Politics, and Graduate Tutor
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Robin Bunce is a Bye-Fellow working on British politics and the history of ideas. He has published on Black Power as an ideology and a movement in the United Kingdom, the work of Thomas Hobbes and Francis Bacon, and science fiction and utopianism. He has written on politics and contemporary culture for the Huffington Post, the New Statesman, the Independent and the Guardian. He recently published a biography of Diane Abbott MP with Samara Linton. Together with historian Paul Field, he was also a historical consultant on the Steve McQueen film Mangrove, and Rogan Production’s recent documentary on Black Power.


Research Interests: 

History of Philosophy, Political History, Political Thought

Teaching And Professional Interests: 

History of Philosophy, Political History, Political Thought


PhD in History from Cambridge, MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History, Cambridge


Thomas Hobbes and Francis Bacon, History and Philosophy



Thomas Hobbes: Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers, (Continuum, 2009).
Darcus Howe: a Political Biography, (Bloomsbury, 2014) Co-Authored with Paul Field.
Blade Runner 2049 and Philosophy, (Open Court, 2019) co-edited with Trip McCrossin
Diane Abbott: the Authorised Biography (Bite Back, 2020) co-authored with Samara Linton

Articles in Volumes:

  • ‘John Locke (1632-1704)’, in Duncan Brack (ed.), Dictionary of Liberal Thought (Politico, 2007).
  • ‘Consent and social contract’ and ‘Moral obligation’ in Sami-Juhani Savonius, Paul Schuurman and Jonathan Walmsley, (eds.), Locke and His Times (Continuum, 2010).
  • 'The Evil of the Daleks’ in Court Lewis and Paul Smithka (eds.) Doctor Who and Philosophy (Open Court, 2011).
  • ”A good man goes to war?” The Twelfth Doctor and the politics of conflict.’ in Andrew O’Day ed. Doctor Who - The Twelfth Night: A Critical Celebration of the Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat Era (I.B. Tauris, forthcoming 2017)
  • '"Race Today cannot fail," Darcus Howe and the Race Today Collective in the long 1980s’ in Jonathan Davis and Rohan McWilliam eds., Labour in the 1980s, (Manchester, 2017)
  • 'Doppelgängers, doubles and tulpas: Twin Peaks and the lost of self’, in Richard Greene & Rachel Robison-Greene eds., Twin Peaks and Philosophy, (Open Court, forthcoming 2018)

Refereed Journal Articles:

  • 'Thomas Hobbes’ relationship with Frances Bacon - an introduction’, Hobbes Studies XVI 2003.
  • 'Hobbes’ forgotten natural histories’, Hobbes Studies XIX 2006.
  • 'Obi B. Egbuna, CLR James and the Birth of Black Power in Britain: Black Radicalism in Britain 1967-1972’, Twentieth Century British History XXII, 3 2011, co-authored with Paul Field.