Dr Manjeet Ramgotra
PhD in Political Theory (LSE), BA French and Political Science (Saskatchewan, Canada)
Senior Teaching Fellow
- Dr Manjeet Ramgotra
- Email address:
- SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
- Russell Square: College Buildings
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- Office Hours:
- Wednesday 11-1pm
Democratic theory, republicanism, liberalism, multiculturalism, globalization, eighteenth century commerce, empire, hierarchy, the history of political ideas and methodology
My doctoral thesis presents a critical interpretation of republicanism that highlights the hierarchical structure of the public space, its institutions and political participation; these structures are further linked to the republic's ends of expansion and empire. I describe republicanism as conservative and criticize the predominant Cambridge School egalitarian and participatory understanding of republicanism.
Manjeet Ramgora’s research focuses on a critical interpretation of republicanism in the thought of Cicero, Machiavelli and Montesquieu. She presents a conservative reading of republicanism that highlights the hierarchical structure of the public space, its institutions and political participation; these structures are further linked to the republic's ends of expansion and empire. As such, she criticises predominant egalitarian and participatory readings of republicanism. In addition, she is working on a project that examines Nehru's understanding of the republic in his pre-independence thought, writings and speeches and situates the egalitarian and participatory understanding of the republic in twentieth-century post-colonial thought.
Ramgotra, Manjeet (2014) 'Republic and Empire in Montesquieu's Spirit of the Laws.' Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 42 (3). pp. 790-816.
Ramgotra, Manjeet (2014) 'Conservative Roots of Republicanism.' Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory, 61 (139). pp. 22-49.
Ramgotra, Manjeet (1994) 'Modern theories of the state: Rousseau's republican project.' History of European Ideas, 19 (4-6). pp. 819-825.