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Dr Angus Gowland

Dr Angus Gowland

Reader in Intellectual History

Dept of History

Faculty of S&HS

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2003

Research summary

My broad interest is in early-modern European intellectual history, in a number of disciplines including psychology, medicine, moral and natural philosophy, theology and political thought. 
My principal research investigates early-modern medical and psychological theories of melancholy and dreaming; it also explores their moral and political significance. I have published a monograph and articles on Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), and am currently writing a book on the Renaissance theory of dreaming.  

Teaching summary

I teach the following seminar courses for the  MA History of Political Thought and Intellectual History, the MA History, and the MA European History programmes:

-  Method and Practice in the History of Political Thought

- Political Thought in Renaissance Europe

  I teach the following lecture and seminar course for the undergraduate BA History programme:

- The History of Political Thought.


University of Cambridge
BA Hons, Historical Tripos | 1996
University College London
CLTHE_1, Academic studies in Higher Education | 03-05


I was educated at Cambridge University, where I studied History at Queens' College as an undergraduate (1993-1996). My graduate studies proceeded at King's College Cambridge, first on the MPhil. programme in Political Thought and Intellectual History (1997-8), and then as a doctoral student. I completed my PhD in 2001, at which point I took up a  Research Fellowship at Magdalene College, Cambridge and then, in 2002-3, a College Lectureship at Christ's College Cambridge. In 2003 I moved to the History Department at UCL as Lecturer in Intellectual History. In 2010, I was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Early Modern History, and in 2012 was promoted to the position of Reader in Intellectual History.