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

Academic Background

In Oxford throughout (Balliol, Wolfson, and St Edmund Hall) with occasional interludes in the United States (most recently at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton). Currently Professor of Art and the History of Ideas at the Ruskin School.

Undergraduate Teaching

History and Theory of Visual Culture since 1900.

Research Interests

The nature of modernity; history of political thought; the reception of the classical tradition; apocalypticism.

Publications include:

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)