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School of History

Dr Hugo Bonin

Postdoctoral Fellow



After completing my PhD in political science at Université Paris VIII, I joined QMUL in October 2020 to work on a transnational history of "liberal democracy" in Canada, France and the United Kingdom during the 20th century. I'm more broadly interested in the history of political thought, democratic theory and modern British, Canadian and French politics. When I'm not standing on the shoulders of giants, I like to climb actual mountains to get a better view of my surroundings.


Research Interests:

  • Theories and practices of democracy
  • Conceptual history
  • Digital humanities


2021, « Friend or foe ? British receptions of Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, 1835–1885 », British Politics, 19p., 

2021, « “Woman Suffrage Would Undermine the Stable Foundation on Which Democratic Government is Based” : British Democratic Antisuffragists, 1904–1914 », Praktyka Teoretyczna, 39 (1) : 137-160,  

2021, with Vincent Guillin « Émile-Honoré Cazelles, traducteur, républicain et préfet : le cas des « Fragments sur le socialisme » de John Stuart Mill », Revue européenne des sciences sociales, 59(1) : 41-76.

2020, « Between Panacea and Poison : “Democracy” in British Socialist Thought, 1881-1891 », Intellectual History Review, 21 p.,

2020, with Anna Plassart, « Democratic Struggle or National Uprising ? The Canadian Rebellions in British Political Thought, 1835–1840 », Global Intellectual History, 19 p., 

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