Political concepts define the world as we know it – and us. The very notion of identity is often highly political, such as questions of nationality: What does it mean to be Scottish today?

While we’re the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society, and Rule of Law, CISRUL members conduct research on a broad variety of political concepts. We are interested in how these concepts are understood and used around the world, to what effect. 

Current projects include research on the relationship between European populism and technocracy, “fallen women” in 19th century England, Spinozan definitions of “the political,” the relationship between Christian privilege and political secularism, and many more. We invite you to explore our staff, student, and alumni profiles for more information on individual CISRUL projects.

Our pages on two highly different projects provide more detailed examples of CISRUL’s research breadth:

Activism in Regions of Crime-Related Violence and Institutional Violence

Schooling in Political Community