Dr John Mattausch

Educational background

BA University of Warwick

PhD University of Edinburgh

Personal profile

Dr Mattausch joined the Department in 1986. His postgraduate research concerned the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, the thesis from this research was published as a book, and he has published widely on this topic. For the last ten years, he has been researching, and publishing upon, the historical association of Britishers and Gujaratis in Gujarat, East Africa and contemporary Britain. He also has a long-standing interest in social theory; in particular, the mature philosophy of Wittgenstein, and he is a member of the European Sociological Association's Social Theory research group. At present, he is examining the roles of chance and character in effecting societal change.

Research interests

John Mattausch is interested in explanatory analysis and in particular the role of chance in effecting sociopolitical change. He also has a long-standing interest in the history of the British in Gujarat, a state in western India, the four centuries of shared British-Gujarati history, and the changing sociopolitical position of the British in India.



  • PR2510 The Politics of Migration and Ethnicity (course leader)
  • PR3550 The British in India (course leader)


  • PR5915: The Politics of Ethnic Multiculturalism

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