Samuel Burry

D.Phil. in Politics

I am a first-year DPhil student in Politics at University College. Prior to Oxford, I completed an M.Phil. in Political Thought and Intellectual History and a B.A. in History and Politics at Cambridge, where I graduated with a starred first (first-class honours with distinction) and was awarded the University’s History and Politics Prize for best overall performance.

My doctoral research focusses on the development of American legal thought and practice since the 1960s. I am particularly interested in legal scholars and practitioners who sought to articulate emancipatory theories of democracy in the last few decades of the twentieth century. Much of this work involves archival research on figures at the margins of the legal academy, such as those involved in the development of feminist legal theory and critical race theory. My project also aims to engage contemporary debates in democratic and constitutional theory, in the United States and elsewhere.