BA Philosophy and Theology (Oxford), MA History of Art (London)

Academic background

I have been at Oxford throughout my academic career (Balliol, Wolfson, and St Edmund Hall), with occasional interludes in the United States (most recently at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton). I am currently Professor of Art and the History of Ideas at the Ruskin School.

Undergraduate teaching

I teach History and Theory of Visual Culture since 1900.

Research interests

My research concerns the nature of modernity, the history of political thought, the reception of the classical tradition, and apocalypticism.

Featured publications

On Mercy (Princeton, 2019)

Inventing Falsehood, Making Truth (Princeton, 2013)

Anti-Nietzsche (Verso, 2011)

The Mirror of the Gods: Classical Mythology in Renaissance Art (OUP/Penguin, 2005)

Seeing Things Hidden: Apocalypse, Vision, and Totality (Verso, 2000)

Apocalypse Theory (editor, Blackwell, 1995)