Professor Alan Ryan FBA

Political Studies

Elected 1986

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

University of Oxford Emeritus Professor of Political Theory

Jan 2016 -

Stanford University, California Visiting Professor (Philosophy)

Jul 2014 - Jul 2015

Princeton Professor of Politics

Jan 2010 - Mar 2016

New College University of Oxford Warden

Jan 1996 - Jan 2010

Princeton Professor of Politics

Jan 1987 - Jan 1996

New College University of Oxford Warden, New College, Oxford

Jan 1987 - Jan 2010

University of Oxford Reader in Politics

Jan 1978 - Jan 1986


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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