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Dr Ruth Scurr (born 1971, Slough) is a British writer and academic.
She was admitted to Oxford University to read English but changed after a year to study Politics and Philosophy. She went on to study for a Master’s degree in Social and Political Theory and then completed a doctorate thesis on the political thought of the French Revolution, both at Cambridge University. After this she received a British Academy Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of Politics at Cambridge. In 1996 she spent a year in Paris at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. She began reviewing regularly for The Times and the Times Literary Supplement in 1997. Since then she has written for The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, The New Statesman, The London Review of Books, The New York Review of Books, The Nation and The New York Observer.
Scurr is an affiliated lecturer in the Department of Politics at Cambridge University, and Director of Studies in Social and Political Sciences for Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where she is a Fellow. She was a judge on the Booker Prize in 2007. She was married to the political theorist John Dunn between 1997 and 2013.
- Fatal Purity – Robespierre and the French Revolution (Chatto and Windus, 2006)