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Professor Alan Ryan FBA

Political Studies
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About this Fellow

Recently retired after fifty-three years teaching political philosophy in Britain and the US. Central interests in the history of liberalism from Mill to Rawls. About to embark on a short book on American social and political thought in the period 1880 to 1920.



Current post

  • Emeritus Professor of Political Theory, University of Oxford

Past Appointments

  • Reader in Politics, University of Oxford, 1978 - 1986
  • Professor of Politics, Princeton, 1987 - 1996
  • Warden, New College University of Oxford, 1996 - 2010
  • Visiting Professor (Philosophy), Stanford University, California, 2014 - 2015
  • Professor of Politics, Princeton, 2010 - 2016
  • Warden, New College, Oxford, New College University of Oxford, 1987 - 2010
  • Emeritus Professor of Political Theory, University of Oxford, 2016


Liberal Anxieties and Liberal Education 1998

On Politics 2012

The Making of Modern Liberalism 2012

The philosophy of John Stuart Mill 1970

Property and political theory 1984

John Dewey and the high tide of American liberalism 1995

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