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Dr Manjeet Ramgotra, BA (University of Saskatchewan), PhD (LSE)


Visiting Research Scholar

Room Number: Arts One, 2.24


Manjeet Ramgotra studied Politics and French at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. After living in France for a number of years, she wrote a PhD in political theory at the LSE. She teaches political theory at SOAS and joined QMUL as a Visiting Research Scholar in September 2020.


Research Interests:

Manjeet’s research focuses on republicanism, decolonising the political theory curriculum teaching to include more women, people of colour and reconsidering how we construct knowledge. Her PhD thesis examined the conservative roots of republicanism in the ideas of Cicero, Machiavelli and Montesquieu. She has a deep interest in French Enlightenment thought and has written on Rousseau. Recently, her research has turned to the analysis of republicanism in the twentieth-century post-colonial moment. She is working on the conceptualisation of self-rule and the public thing in the founding of the Indian republic through the ideas and lens of anti-colonial activists, including Nehru, Gandhi and Ambedkar. In addition, she is co-editing a new political theory textbook called Reconsidering Political Thinkers.

Examples of research funding:

Independent Social Research Foundation (2020/21)


Journal Articles

‘Postcolonial Republicanism and the Revival of a Paradigm’ The Good Society: A Journal of Civic Studies, Vol. 26, No. 1, (2017), 34-54.

‘Republic and Empire in Montesquieu’s Spirit of the Laws,’ Millennium, Vol. 42, No. 3 (July 2014), 790-816.

‘Conservative Roots of Republicanism,’ Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory, No. 139 (June 2014), 22-49.

Manjeet Ramgotra, Shannon, Morreira, Kathy Luckett, Siseko H. Kumalo (2020) ‘Confronting the complexities of decolonising curricula and pedagogy in higher education’, Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal Vol. 5, 2020, Special Iss. eds. M. Ramgotra, S. Morreira, K. Luckett, S. H. Kumalo, 1-2 Decolonising Curricula and Pedagogy in Higher Education (forthcoming as a book).

Book Review, (2017) of ‘F. Neuhouser : Rousseau’s Critique of Inequality: Reconstructing the Second Discourse and D. Lay Williams : Rousseau's “Social Contract”: An Introduction’, The Review of Politics, 79(1).

‘Modern Theories of the State: Rousseau's Republican Project,’ History of European Ideas, Vol. 19, Nos. 4-6 (1994).

Book Chapters

‘India’s Republican Moment: Freedom in Nehru’s Political Thought’ in ed. Udit Bhatia The Indian Constituent Assembly Debates: Deliberations on Democracy (Routledge, 2018).

Blogposts and Articles:

‘Political voice in a changing world,’ 4 July 2019 Critical South

‘Decolonising politics: diversity is democracy,’ Discover Society, 5 Dec. 2018:

‘Can democracy vote itself out of existence?’ The Conversation, 16 July 2018:

‘Trump and Brexit: The Fall of Liberal Values?’ post at LSE British Politics and Policy Blog: posted Jan. 2017.

‘On Teaching Political Theory,’ post at UK PSA Women and Politics Specialist group posted 23 Dec. 2015

Public Engagement

  • Trustee on the Political Studies Association (PSA) Executive Committee
  • Executive member of Britain and Ireland Association of Political Thought
  • Member of the PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group
  • Member of the PSA Political Theory Specialist Group
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