Dr Marius Ostrowski
I am a social theorist and political researcher, working primarily within the fields of political thought and intellectual history. My primary research focus is on public opinion, political ideologies (socialism, social democracy, and Europeanism), and the history of early-C20th political thought (especially Weimar Germany). I am a passionate supporter of widening access and diversity in higher education to include all those discriminated against on grounds of income, gender, race, sexual orientation, or disability.
In 2017, I completed my DPhil at the Department of Politics & International Relations, with a thesis entitled "Twilight of the pollsters: A social theory of mass opinion in late modernity", passing my viva with no corrections. My current project is on the social-democratic thinker Eduard Bernstein, and in 2018 I published the first in a series of edited collections of his later writings, with two further volumes forthcoming in 2019 and 2020.
Alongside my academic research, I have worked with several thinktanks on a broad range of public policy initiatives, and published a report for the UK Parliament on the fiscal implications of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. I have written articles for the Times, the New Statesman, and The Conversation, and I regularly present at conferences in Oxford, Cambridge, London, Manchester, Warwick, and York. I welcome opportunities for further public engagement, and to apply my research to contemporary policy concerns.
- Examination Fellow, All Souls College (from 2013 to 2020)
- Undergraduate and Postgraduate, Magdalen College, Oxford (from 2007 to 2013)
- Social and political theory
- Public opinion and polling
- European integration and political ideologies
- Socialism and social democracy
- C20th history of political thought
- Ideology (Cambridge: Polity, forthcoming 2021)
- Eduard Bernstein on Socialism Past and Present: Essays and Other Writings, vol. 3 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2020)
- Left Unity: Lessons from Left History (London: Rowman & Littlefield / Policy Network, forthcoming 2019)
- Eduard Bernstein on the German Revolution: Essays and Other Writings, vol. 2 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2019)
- ‘Eduard Bernstein and the lessons of the German Revolution’, in James Muldoon and Gaard Kets (eds.), The German Revolution and Political Theory (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
- ‘Gibraltar after Brexit: why Spain, not Ireland will decide the UK’s fate’, The Conversation, 28 February 2019.
- ‘How the German left is looking to Jeremy Corbyn for inspiration’, New Statesman, 11 February 2019.
- ‘Social democracy and the “Europe question”: Lessons from Weimar?’, Renewal 27(1) (2019), pp.41-51.
- Eduard Bernstein on Social Democracy and International Politics: Essays and Other Writings (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
- ‘Twilight of the pollsters: what should the polling companies do next?’, New Statesman, 14 May 2015.
- ‘Replacing Barnett: Social justice and UK devolution’, FI/S4/14/21/1, written evidence submitted to the Scottish Parliament Finance Committee, 21st meeting (session 4), ‘Scotland’s public finances post-2014’, 25 June 2014.
- ‘Ideology in the age of the coalition: the strange rebirth of British centrism’ (with Matthew Lakin), Journal of Political Ideologies 19(1) (2014), pp.15-40.
- ‘Stark question fails to reflect what most Scottish voters want’, Times Scotland, 25 November 2013.
- ‘Towards libertarian welfarism: protecting agency in the night-watchman state’, Journal of Political Ideologies 18(1) (2013), pp.107-28.
- ‘Achieving Autonomy: What the independence referendum means for Scotland’s fiscal future’ (London: Report for the All-Party Parliamentary Taxation Group, UK Parliament)
- Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, New College of the Humanities, London
- Departmental Studentship from the Department of Politics & International Relations (2012–2013).
- Senior Mackinnon Scholarship from Magdalen College (2010-2013).