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Martyn P. Thompson
  • Professor Of Political Science
  • mpt@tulane.edu
  • Phone: (504) 865-5166
  • Fax: (504) 862-8745
  • 316 Norman Mayer Hall, Room 310
  • 316 Norman Mayer Hall
    Tulane University
    New Orleans, LA 70118


Martyn P. Thompson is a Professor of Political Science.   His main fields of research and publication are the history of political thought since the Renaissance, literature and politics, and contemporary German political theory. He has two doctorates, the first from the London School of Economics, the second (the Habilitation) from Tuebingen University. He has been a faculty member in the universities of London, Cambridge, and Tuebingen.

Professor Thompson's books include Michael Oakeshott and the Cambridge School on the History of Political Thought (2019), an edited volume, Locke and Kant: Historical Reception and Contemporary Relevance (1991), Ideas of Contract in English Political Thought in the Age of John Locke (1987), and, as co-editor, 24 volumes of Politisches Denken Jahrbuch (1992-2018).  His numerous articles have appeared in major journals including American Historical ReviewPolitical StudiesPolitical TheoryHistorical JournalJournal of the History of Ideas, and History and Theory

In 1989 Professor Thompson founded the “German Society for the Study of Political Thought” (DGEPD).  From 1996 to 2003, he was President of the International Conference for the Study of Political Thought (CSPT), and from 2005 to 2009 he was President of the international Michael Oakeshott Association. 



  • Michael Oakeshott and the Cambridge School on the History of Political Thought. Routledge, 2019.  
  • Ideas of Contract in English Political Thought. Routledge, 1987. Reprinted as a Rutledge Library Edition, 2019.
  • John Locke and Immanuel Kant: Historical Reception and Contemporary Relevance. Editor.  Duncker & Humblot, 1991.
  • Politisches Denken Jahrbuch. Co-edited with contributions. (13 volumes). Duncker und Humblot, 2003-2018.
  • Politisches Denken Jahrbuch. Co-edited with contributions. (11 volumes). J. B. Metzler, 1992-2002.

Selected Articles

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