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The following is a list of notable University of Essex people (in alphabetical order).
Business & economics
- Brian Barry - Professor of Politics
- Robin Blackburn - Professor of Sociology
- Jean Blondel - Professor of Politics (1964 to 1984)
- Kevin Boyle - Former Director, Human Rights Centre (3 terms)
- Hugh Brogan - Professor of History, (1974 to 1998)
- Ian Craib - Professor of Sociology (1973–2003)
- Vic Gatrell - Professor of British History (2003 - )
- Paul Hunt - Former Director, Human Rights Centre (2001 to 2003)
- Bob Jessop - Professor, Department of Government (1975 to 1989)
- Anthony King - Professor, Department of Government
- Alan Knight - Lecturer, History Department (1973 to 1985)
- Ernesto Laclau - Visiting Professor, Department of Government
- Michael Mann
- Geoffrey Martin - Professor, Department of History
- Harvey Molotch - Professor of Sociology
- Nigel S. Rodley - Sir, Current Head, Human Rights Centre (also a graduate: see below)
- David Sanders - Pro-Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Social Sciences
- Fatos Tarifa - Guest Lecturer
- Peter Townsend - Founding professor of Sociology
Academia in economics
- Cliff Attfield - Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Bristol, Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society; Fellow of the Journal of Econometrics
- Erkin Bairam - Professor of Economics, University of Otago (1991–2001)
- Robert L. Crouch - Active Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Panicos O. Demetriades - Professor of Financial Economics, University of Leicester
- Jean Drèze - Professor of Economics, Delhi School of Economics
- Alan Harrison - Provost, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
- Colm Kearney - Professor of International Business, University College Dublin
- Graham Loomes - Professor of Economics, University of Warwick 
- Christopher A. Pissarides - Nobel Laureate 2010 British-Cypriot Economists, Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics 
- Michael Riordan - Professor of Economics, Columbia University
- Norman Schofield - Professor of Political Economy, Washington University, St. Louis
- Richard J. Smith - Professor of Econometric Theory and Economic Statistics, University of Cambridge
- John Whalley - Professor of International Trade at University of Western Ontario
- Sam Wilson - Professor of Economics, University of Alberta
Academia in other areas
- Martin J. Ball - Professor of Communicative Disorders, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
- Richard Barbrook - Senior Lecturer in Humanities & Social Science, University of Westminster
- John Barrell - Professor of English, University of York
- David M. Barrett - Professor of Political Science, Villanova University
- Kusuma Karunaratne - Sri Lankan academic, university administrator, Professor and scholar in the fields of Sinhalese Language, Comparative Literature, and Sociology, University of Colombo
- Alberto Pérez-Gómez - Professor of Architectural History, McGill University
- James Gomez - Associate Professor at the School of International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia
- Stephen F. Jones - Academic in the field of Eastern European Affairs
- Ernesto Laclau - Post-Marxist political theorist at Northwestern University, also Visiting Professor at Essex's Department of Government
- Jill Marsden - scholar of the work of German philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche and lecturer at the University of Bolton
- Maxine Molyneux - Professor of Sociology, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London
- John Warwick Montgomery - American lawyer, theologian and academic known for his work in the field of Christian Apologetics; Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought at Patrick Henry College.
- Farish Ahmad Noor, Senior Fellow, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- Nigel S. Rodley - International Human Rights Lawyer and Academic, University of Essex
- Michael Tappin - academic associated with Keele University
- Michael Taylor - Professor of Politics, University of Washington
- Nathan Widder - Reader in political theory, Royal Holloway, University of London
- Jonathan Wilson - Fletcher Professor of Rhetoric and Debate and Director of the Center for Humanities, Tufts University
- Wong Chin Huat - Malaysian political scientist, activist and columnist.
Politics & government
- Ian Austin - MP for Dudley North
- John Bercow - Speaker of the House of Commons 
- John Biehl - Chilean lawyer, political scientist and diplomat
- Virginia Bottomley - Conservative Party politician 
- Thozamile Botha - South African Politician
- Dragiša Burzan - Serbian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Former Foreign Minister of Montenegro
- Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury - Speaker of the Bangladesh National Assembly
- Fátima Choi - Director of Audit, Macau SAR, China
- Duncan Shipley-Dalton - former Northern Irish Politician
- James Duddridge - Conservative Party Politician, MP for Rochford and Southend East
- Sean Farren - former Northern Irish Politician
- Anne Gibson, Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen - British Trade Unionist
- Reshef Hen - former member of the Knesset.
- Peter Housden - Permanent Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government
- Omar Asghar Khan - Pakistani social activist, economist and politician
- Leung Yiu-chung - Member of the Hong Kong SAR Legislative Council
- Edward Lord - Liberal Democrat politician and a leading figure in English local government
- Siobhain McDonagh - Labour Party politician
- Priti Patel - Conservative Party politician
- Donald C. Pogue - Chief Judge, United States Court of International Trade
- Dimitrij Rupel - first Foreign Minister of Republic of Slovenia
- Oscar Arias Sanchez - President of Costa Rica and 1987 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
- Mark Shields, Deputy Commissioner of the Jamaica Constabulary Force from 2005 to 2009
- David Triesman, Baron Triesman - Labour Party Member in the House of Lords, Chairman of the English Football Association
- Hoshyar Zebari - Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs
Business & economics
Actors & directors
Law and order
Media and journalism
Architecture & urban planning
Literary figures and artists
Science & technology
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