Professor Rodney Barker

Professor Rodney Barker is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Rhetoric, having held the chair between 2006 and 2009.

Professor Barker is Emeritus Professor of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he has been since 1971. He has an MA from Downing College, Cambridge, and a PhD from LSE. Professor Barker has been published widely and is regularly invited to address international conference. He writes and broadcasts on a range of topics, some directly related to scholarship, others not, and contributes to The Guardian, Tribune, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Scotsman, New Statesman and other journals.

Professor Barker's programme for his lectures as Gresham Professor of Rhetoric drew on history, political science and political theory. The lectures presented a perspective on the contemporary world and its government which drew on a broad range of modern scholarship in an informed and intelligently provocative manner, setting out the historical context of current events and the significance of general patterns of human activity.

All of Professor Barker's past lectures can be accessed here.

Recent Past Lectures
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Tearing up the ideological maps, and squabbling over the compass

Professor Rodney Barker
Tuesday, 3 March 2009 - 12:00AM
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Ideological weddings: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Professor Rodney Barker
Monday, 2 February 2009 - 12:00AM
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Other Britains: One size doesn’t fit all

Professor Rodney Barker
Tuesday, 13 January 2009 - 12:00AM
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The rich man in his castle, the poor man at his gate

Professor Rodney Barker
Tuesday, 9 December 2008 - 12:00AM
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Building Jerusalem in England

Professor Rodney Barker
Tuesday, 4 November 2008 - 12:00AM
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How long was the twentieth century?

Professor Rodney Barker
Tuesday, 14 October 2008 - 12:00AM