Bruno Leipold



Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


Bruno is a political theorist and historian of political thought. His research interests include the work of Karl Marx, theories of popular democracy, the republican political tradition, and nineteenth-century political thought. Currently, he is completing a book entitled Citizen Marx: Republicanism, and the Formation of Karl Marx’s Social and Political Thought. Before joining the New Institute, he was a Fellow in Political Theory the Department of Government at LSE, a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, and a Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Theory at the Justitia Amplificata Centre for Advanced Studies at the Goethe University Frankfurt and the Free University of Berlin. Previously, he had received his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford in 2017, his thesis being titled Citizen Marx: The Relationship between Karl Marx and Republicanism.

At THE NEW INSTITUTE Bruno is involved in the program The Future of Democracy.

  • What gives you hope?
    Chris Smalls and the Amazon Labor Union.

  • How does change happen?
    Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will.

  • List three important values in your life.
    Solidarity, Solidarity, Solidarity.


“‘Aux Ouvrières!’: Socialist Feminism in the Paris Commune” (with Mirjam Müller and James Muldoon), in: Intellectual History Review, forthcoming

“Chains and Invisible Threads: Liberty and Domination in Marx’s Account of Wage-Slavery”, in: Annelien de Dijn and Hannah Dawson (eds.), Rethinking Liberty before Liberalism, 2022

“The Meaning of Class Struggle: Marx and the 1848 June Days”, in: History of Political Thought, 2021

Radical Republicanism: Recovering the Tradition’s Popular Heritage (ed. with Karma Nabulsi and Stuart White), 2020

“Marx’s Social Republic: Radical Republicanism and the Political Institutions of Socialism”, in: ibid.

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