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Quentin Skinner

Skinner, who was awarded an honorary degree from Harvard in 2005, is a professor of the humanities at Queen Mary, University of London. Between 1974-1979, he was at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, and from 1996-2008 he was Regius Professor of History at Cambridge. He has authored and collaborated on more than twenty books on modern European intellectual history. This year he delivered the annual British Academy Lecture under the title “What is the State?” and his first task at CES will be to expand this text and prepare it for publication. Thereafter he hopes to use his time at CES to complete his current book, provisionally entitled Freedom and the State.


  • Regius Professor of Modern History, Emeritus, University of Cambridge
  • Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities, Queen Mary, University of London