Dr Bridget Cotter

Dr Bridget Cotter

After leaving school aged 16 and working in non-academic jobs for 11 years, I entered higher education as a mature student and graduated from the University of Westminster with a BA Hons in Social Sciences in 1993.

I have taught Political Theory at Westminster since 1994. Previous positions included teaching social sciences for the Open University (1999-2007), and leading political theory modules at the University of North London and the American International University in Richmond. I gained a PGCE in Higher Education and Training at the University of Greenwich (2001), specialising in Politics and Personal Tutoring, and was awarded a PhD at the University of Westminster for a doctoral thesis entitled "The Themes of Rootlessness, Uprootedness, and Mass Society in the work of Hannah Arendt" (2007).

In addition to teaching, during my time at Westminster I have performed the roles of: CSD Administrator (1991-1996); CSD Seminar Coordinator (1992-1995; Founding Editor of the CSD Bulletin (1993-1996); Series Editor for CSD Perspectives (working papers published by University of Westminster Press) (1993-1996); Coordinator of an East-West Tempus Exchange with the Universities of Budapest, Paris, Berlin, and Athens (1995-1998); and Senior Tutor for the Department of Politics and International Relations (2009-2012)

Current Research Interests

  • Canonical political thought
  • Intellectual history and the history of ideas
  • The political thought of Hannah Arendt
  • Liberal theory and critiques of liberalism
  • The treatment of women in the canon
  • Political theories of property.

Recent Research Activity

I am currently working on a journal article entitled "Property as a Human Need". In the past year, I have peer-reviewed journal articles for Politics and Review of International Studies, and contributed an entry on "Mass Society" to the Blackwell Wiley Encyclopaedia for Political Theory (forthcoming).

Recent Conference Participation

  • "Hannah Arendt and the Cold War" presented at the Western Political Science Association annual conference, Hollywood, 31 March 2013.
  • "Contextualising Hannah Arendt on Mass Society and Mass Culture" presented at the Political Studies Association annual conference, Edinburgh, 29 March 2011 and the Western Political Science Association, San Francisco, 2 April 2011.
  • "Property as a Human Need" presented at the Political Studies Association annual conference, Property Specialist Group, Edinburgh, 29 March 2011.

  • Centre for the Study of Democracy