Reader in History, University of Kent

Philip Boobbyer read Modern Languages at Trinity College Cambridge (1982-86), before doing an MA in Russian Areas Studies at Georgetown University, Washington DC (1986-88), and a PhD in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics (1989-1992). After temporary appointments at the University of Westminster and the LSE, he came to the University of Kent in 1995.

His work has mainly been on Russian intellectual history, and on the interaction of religion and politics in the 20th century. His first book, S.L.Frank: The Life and Work of a Russian Philosopher 1877-1950 (1995) was a study of one of Russia's foremost religious philosophers. This was followed by a textbook, The Stalin Era (2000), and then Conscience, Dissent and Reform in Soviet Russia (2005), which explores the ethical thinking of Soviet dissidents and Communist Party reformers and its contribution to the collapse of the Soviet Union. More recently, his book The Spiritual Vision of Frank Buchman (2013) is a study of an American religious leader who was well-known for his legacy in the field of reconciliation and interfaith dialogue.

Dr Boobbyer teaches courses on European, Russian and Cold War history. He has an interactive approach to teaching in which students are encouraged to contribute to seminars as much as possible. He would be interested in supervising PhD students on Russian and European (including British) intellectual and religious history. Dr Boobbyer is the School of History's Director of Graduate Studies.


  • –present
    Reader in History, University of Kent