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Dr Graeme Garrard

Reader in Politics

School of Law and Politics

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My principal area of research has been in the Enlightenment and its critics. I have written two single-authored monographs on this subject, as well as several scholarly journal articles and chapters in edited books. I am currently working on a new project called 'Politics and the Search for Human Nature'. I also have interests in French political thought and scepticism in political philosophy.

Career profile

I came to Cardiff University in 1994 as a full-time lecturer from Balliol College, Oxford, where I had been a DPhil student (since 1990). I was promoted to Senior Lecturer at Cardiff in 2006 and Reader in 2013.  I have also taught at the Central European University, Oxford University, Dartmouth College, Williams College and the American University of Paris, and I teach every summer at Harvard University.

I have been a visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University (2000) and the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge University (2012).I was made a fellow if the Royal Historical Society in 2011. I was a visiting fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge University in autumn 2012.









  • Garrard, G. A. 2001. Joseph de Maistre and Carl Schmitt. In: Lebrun, R. A. ed. Joseph de Maistre's Life, Thought, and Influence. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, pp. 220-238.



Selected Projects

Title: "Counter-Enlightenments: From the 18th Century to the Present€"
Sponsor: Arts and Humanities Research Board
Duration: 30/09/2003 - 31/07/2004

Title: "Rousseau’s Counter-Enlightenment: A Republican Critique of the Philosophes"
Sponsor: Leverhulme Trust
Duration: 30/09/1999 - 31/07/2000

Areas of expertise