Primary Department
School of Law and Government
Assistant Professor in Political Science
Dr Ross Carroll
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
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Academic biography

I am a political theorist working on a range of themes including the politics of satire, the political thought of Edmund Burke, and the history of abolitionism. More recently I am also interested in the politics of future generations. I have a BA in politics and philosophy from University College Dublin (2003), a Msc in International Relations from the London School of Economics (2004), and a PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University in Illinois (2013). I was a Fulbright scholar in 2005-6 and from 2009 to 2012 I served as Assistant Editor of Political Theory: an International Journal of Political Philosophy

Before arriving at DCU in 2023 I taught for two years at the College of William and Mary in Virginia and for eight years at the University of Exeter in the UK. My monograph Uncivil Mirth: Ridicule in Enlightenment Britain was published with Princeton University Press in 2021 and won the Morris D. Forkosch prize for the best first book in intellectual history. My second book, Edmund Burke, is forthcoming in 2024 as part of Polity's Classic Thinker series.

Research interests

Early modern political thinkers, especially Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Alexis de Tocqueville

The politics of ridicule (and other forms of humour), contempt, and civility

Emancipation and abolition in the history of political thought

Intergenerational justice