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Dr Christopher Fear

Dr Christopher Fear

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Business, Law and Politics
  • School of Politics and International Studies


  • BA (University of Exeter)
  • MA (University of Exeter)
  • PhD (University of Exeter)


Christopher was educated at the Corsham School (1996-2003) and the University of Exeter (2004-09), with an Erasmus year abroad at the Humboldt University in Berlin (2006-07). While at Exeter he obtained a BA (First Class) in Philosophy and Politics with European Study (German), and a MA in History of Political Thought (Pass with Distinction) (2008-09).

In 2009 he obtained full funding for PhD research from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and spent the autumn of 2010 carrying out research at the Herzog-August Bibliothek at Wolfenbüttel. His doctoral thesis, Old Problems Re-opened: R. G. Collingwood and the History of Ideas, was accepted without corrections in September 2013.

In September 2017, after a number of years teaching A level Philosophy and Ethics at Okehampton College, Christopher took up a lecturing position in Politics at the University of Hull. He now lives in Hull with his wife Jessica, and his dogs, Gustav and Loritz.

Christopher is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and currently teaches on all of the University of Hull's Politics programmes. During his time at the Universities of Exeter and Hull he has convened and taught modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level, both within his area of expertise (history of political thought and contemporary political theory) and without. He has taught modules or classes on environmental politics, electoral and voting systems, International Relations, feminism and identity politics, and research methods. He has served Hull's Department of Politics as Programme Director of Joint-Honours Politics (since March 2019), Acting Director of Postgraduate Teaching (May-October 2018), and as Academic Contact for the Hull-validated BA Political Science programme at the Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

"Sophists in academic dress: Oakeshott's 'The study of "politics" in a university'"

Fear, C. (2022). “Sophists in academic dress: Oakeshott’s ‘The study of “politics” in a university’”. Cosmos+Taxis, 10(7-8), 62-71

The 'dialectical' theory of conservatism

Fear, C. (2020). The ‘dialectical’ theory of conservatism. Journal of political ideologies, 25(2), 197-211.

R. G. Collingwood's overlapping ideas of history

Fear, C. (2021). R. G. Collingwood's overlapping ideas of history. Journal of the Philosophy of History, 1-21.

Collingwood's New Leviathan and classical elite theory

Fear, C. (2019). Collingwood's New Leviathan and classical elite theory. History of European ideas, 45(7), 1029-1044.

Book review : William E. Connolly: Facing the planetary: entangled humanism and the politics of swarming. (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017. Pp. 232.)

Fear, C. (2019). Book review : William E. Connolly: Facing the planetary: entangled humanism and the politics of swarming. (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017. Pp. 232.). Review of Politics, 81(1), 165-168.

Research interests

Christopher's recent research has focused on conservative political thought, historical and contemporary. Some of his work in this area has been published in the Journal of Political Ideologies, History of European Ideas, The Review of Politics, and in the specialist Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies; other work on conservatism has been presented at international conferences from Edinburgh to Genoa. In general he advocates an historically-informed approach to political theory, and has defended this approach in contributions to methodological debates in the history of ideas, some of which have been published in the Journal of the Philosophy of History (×2) and History of the Human Sciences, building on his background in British and German Idealism.

Christopher is a member of the Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought, and of the Political Studies Association. He is an active member of the latter's Conservatism Studies and British Idealism specialist groups, serving the former as Events and Communications Officer.

Postgraduate supervision

Christopher welcomes applications in political philosophy, contemporary or historical, anglophone or “continental”.

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy