Dr Will Selinger

Will Selinger is Lecturer in European History, 1700-1850. He is a historian of political thought whose research has focused on the emergence of representative democracy in the modern world and on the crises to which this political form has repeatedly been subject. His first book, Parliamentarism: From Burke to Weber, winner of the 2017 Montreal Annual Political Theory Manuscript Award, was published by Cambridge University Press in the Ideas in Context series. His next book, tentatively titled Law and Despotism: Montesquieu's System of Thought is under contract with Princeton University Press. It will be the first comprehensive study of Montesquieu's life and thought in half a century. 

Major publications

For a full list of publications, please see Will's Iris profile.


  • The Political Thought of the French Revolution
  • Empire and Commerce in the Enlightenment