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Sociology Research


Originally from Brussels, Professor Patrick Baert did his graduate work at the University of Oxford, working on social theory under the supervision of Rom Harré. He subsequently joined the Sociology Department in Cambridge. His recent research in the sociology of intellectuals has been funded by various bodies, including the British Academy, The European Research Council and the Leverhulme Trust. His writings have been translated into more than 10 languages.

Patrick is the chief editor of the International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society (Springer) and he also holds editorial positions at the European Journal of Social Theory, the Journal of Classical Sociology, Currently Sociology, and Distinktion. He has held visiting positions across the world, including the University of Cape Town, l'Université de Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, the Humboldt University Berlin, Brown University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Concepcion in Chile, the LSE and Sciences Po.

Research Interests

Social and political theory; culture and politics; intellectuals; public intellectuals; intellectual history.



SOC1: Introduction to Sociology - Modern Societies I

SOC2: Social Theory 

Graduate supervision availability and interests:

Patrick is available to supervise graduate students in the following areas: sociology of intellectuals, sociology of culture, social theory.

Current Doctoral students:

Zeina Al Azmeh

Dr Jana Bacevic

Eliran Bar-El

Yesim Yildiz

Linzhi Zhang

Mareike Zobel

Key Publications - Books

Sapiro, G., M. Santoro and P. Baert (eds.) (2020) Ideas on the Move in the Social Sciences and Humanities; The International Circulation of Paradigms and Theorists. Palgrave Macmillan.

Booth, J. and Baert P. (2018) The Dark Side of Podemos? Carl Schmitt and Contemporary Progressive Populism (London: Routledge).

Susen, S. and Baert P. (2017) The Sociology of Intellectuals (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).

Morgan, M. and P. Baert (2015) Conflict in the Academy; A Study in the Sociology of intellectuals. London: Palgrave. 

Silva, F. C., 2010. Social Theory in the Twentieth Century and Beyond. Cambridge: Polity Press. With Patrick Baert. (Translations into Italian: 2010. Teoria Sociale Contemporanea. Bologna: Societá Editrice Il Mulino; Spanish: 2011. La Teoría Social Contemporánea. Madrid: Alianza Editorial; Portuguese: 2012. Teoria Social Hoje. Lisboa: Mundos Sociais: Polish: 2013. Krakow: Zaklad Wadawniczy Nomos) .

Baert, P. (2005) Philosophy of the Social Sciences: Towards Pragmatism. Cambridge: Polity Press. (Translations into Complex Character Chinese: 2011 社會科學哲學:邁向實用主義 Socio Publishing Co. Ltd; Turkish: 2010 Sosyal Bilimler Felsefesi. Küre Yayinlari.)

Rubio Dominguez, F. and P. Baert (eds.) (2012) The Politics of Knowledge. London: Routledge. 

Baert, P. et al. (eds.) (2010) Conflict, Citizenship and Civil Society. London: Routledge.

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Baert, Patrick, Morgan, Marcus. and Ushiyama, Rin (2021) "Existence theory: Outline for a theory of social behaviour." Journal of Classical Sociology. First Online 18 March 2021.

Yıldız, Y.Y. and P. Baert (2020) ‘Confessions without guilt: Public confessions of state violence in Turkey’. In: Theory and Society. 

Gonzales Hernando, M. and P. Baert (2020) ‘Collectives of intellectuals: Their cohesiveness, accountability, and who can speak on their behalf.’ The Sociological Review 68(5) pp. 1143-1158.

Baert, P. and Morgan, M. (2018) 'A performative framework for the study of intellectuals', European Journal of Social Theory 21(3), pp. 322-329.

Morgan, M. and Baert, P. (2017), ‘Acting Out Ideas: Performative Citizenship in the Black Consciousness Movement’, American Journal of Cultural Sociology, OnlineFirst,

Grants and Projects

Baert, P. (PI) Cooperation – socioeconomic sciences and humanities. EU Collaborative Project Programme, UK team (2013-16): €300,000

Baert, P. (PI) The rise of French existentialism, 1944– 1947: a sociological explanation. Leverhulme Fellowship (2012-2013): £40,267

Baert, P. (PI) The rise of French existentialism, 1944–1947: a sociological explanation. British Academy Small Grant (2011-13): £6,750 

Research Groups & Affiliations


Fellow Royal Society of the Arts (2014)

Pilkington Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Cambridge University (2005)

Job Title:
Professor of Social Theory, Fellow, Tutor and Director of Studies at Selwyn College
Professor Patrick Baert
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