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Dr Dominic Burbidge

Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics

Dominic Burbidge is Lecturer in Politics at St Peter’s and a Research Director in the University of Oxford. He was formerly Departmental Lecturer in the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies and a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Faculty of Law. He previously worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Politics of Princeton University. Dr Burbidge additionally serves as Director of the Canterbury Institute.


Dr Burbidge teaches comparative government, political sociology and African politics for PPE.


Dr Burbidge focuses on the nature of democracy, social trust and human connectivity, with particular empirical material drawn from East Africa. He recently published a book on devolution in Kenya and is currently researching “Citizenship in a Networked Age”, exploring the political changes brought about by increased civic reliance on the internet and artificial intelligence. The project is supported by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. In additional work in political philosophy, Dr Burbidge seeks to apply virtue ethics to our understanding of the branches of government, so as to provide a more consistent basis for distinguishing among the roles of the judiciary, legislature and executive.

Selected Publications

Trust and Social Relations in African Politics’. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019)

Corruption’. Ch 30 of Lynch, G. & VonDoepp, P. (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Democratization in Africa (London: Routledge, 2019) (with Mark Philp) 

An Experiment in Devolution: National Unity and the Deconstruction of the Kenyan State (Nairobi: Strathmore University Press, 2019)