Staff Profiles

Professor Gary Browning

B.A, M.Sc (Econ), M.Sc, PhD, P.G.C.E

Director of the Think Human Festival and Professor of Politics (Research and Public Engagement)

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor Gary Browning

Phone number: Tel: +44 (0)1865 484287



Gary has written 15 books and many articles on the history of political thought, political theory, philosophy and related areas. He is interested in how we interpret texts, culture and the social world. His monograph, A History of Modern Political Thought- The Question of Interpretation (OUP) analyses and evaluates a number of approaches including hermeneutics, post-structuralism, the Cambridge School, dialectics and idealism. His own interpretive pluralism is reflected in the range of his interests. He has written on Dylan and Murdoch as well as on past and present political thought. His monographs include studies of Lyotard, Collingwood, Hegel, Plato, Political Economy and Global Political Theory. He has published in leading journals, notably History of Political ThoughtPolitical Studies and The History of European Ideas, and particpated in podcasts, radio discussions on Radio 3, Radio 4 and local radio. He has been the Director of the last 3 Think Human Festivals at Oxford Brookes, performing stand-up and putting on events dealing with protest music, a performance of an Iris Murdoch play, Dylan and political questions.