School of History

Dr Caroline Ashcroft


Lecturer in the History of Political Thought

Room Number: ArtsTwo 3.09


I studied Social and Political Sciences at Clare College, Cambridge, before taking the MA in History of Political Thought and Intellectual History at Queen Mary. 

I then completed my PhD in POLIS at the University of Cambridge, working on the political thought of Hannah Arendt.


Research Interests:

My research interests are in twentieth century history of political thought, particularly German and Anglo-American thought. 

My doctoral work explored the work of the twentieth century German political theorist Hannah Arendt, specifically her understanding of the place of violence and conflict in what she termed 'the political'. In addition to analysing Arendt's work, the thesis also contextualised her ideas amongst that of other twentieth century theorists to see how her work is driven by and responds to broader twentieth century European and American intellectual concerns. I am currently revising this thesis into a book on violence, power and agonal politics in Arendt's work.



  • ‘Review of “Violence in Capitalism,”’ The Times Literary Supplement, 10 June 2016.