Sir Noel Malcolm FBA

History Southern Europe Kosovo Early Modern History Intellectual History - History

Elected 2001

Sir Noel Malcolm read History and English Literature at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and was a research student at Trinity College, Cambridge, writing a doctoral thesis on Thomas Hobbes. He began his career as a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge; he was then political columnist and, subsequently, Foreign Editor of the Spectator, and then chief political columnist of the Daily Telegraph. In 1996 he was a Visiting Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford, and in 1999 he was a lecturer at Harvard; he gave the Carlyle Lectures at Oxford in 2001. Since 2002 he has been a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. In 2010 he gave the Trevelyan Lectures at Cambridge. He is an Honorary Fellow of Peterhouse, Trinity and Gonville and Caius. He has published books on, among other subjects, early modern philosophy (with a particular emphasis on Hobbes: he is one of the General Editors of the Clarendon Edition of the Works of Hobbes) and the history and culture of the Balkans. His current research interests include the history of Western knowledge of, and ideas about, Islam and the Ottoman Empire from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment.

Current post

Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford

Past appointments

All Souls College University of Oxford Senior Research Fellow

2002 -

Gonville & Caius College University of Cambridge Fellow

1981 - 1988


Aspects of Hobbes 2002

(ed.) Leviathan 2012

Agents of Empire: Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean World 2015

The correspondence of Thomas Hobbes 1994

Bosnia: a short history 1994

Kosovo: a short history 1998

Sign up to our email newsletters