Dr Natalie Doyle

Academic profile

Dr Natalie Doyle is deputy director of Monash University’s European and EU Centre. She holds a BA (Hons), MA Research (Hons) with University Medal in French Studies and a PhD in Politics.

Her Masters thesis was on the Sociology of Literature and her PhD on Political Philosophy; specifically the European notion of sovereignty.

Since joining Monash University in 2001, Dr Doyle has been contributing to the undergraduate program teaching courses on French society and politics, and supervised Honours and PhD theses. She played a major role in the establishment of the Monash European and EU Centre in 1996-1997.

Dr Doyle is an internationally recognised specialist on the work of French political philosopher and commentator, Marcel Gauchet – acclaimed for his analysis of globalisation, of the crisis of European democracy and the politics surrounding individualism. 

Her book Marcel Gauchet and The Loss of Common Purpose. Imaginary Islam and the Crisis of European Democracy has received very favourable endorsements from leading scholars: “the first substantial discussion of Gauchet’s theories in English, and so far the most extensive published anywhere” (Johann Arnason), “an exhaustive and brilliant piece of research”, a “stimulating and illuminating analysis […] into the writings of Marcel Gauchet, but beyond that, it is a pedagogically articulated work on intellectual life in France since the 1960s” (Farhad Khosrokhavar), a work “of major interest to everyone concerned with the  political implications of religious belief today, the prospects of democracy, French intellectual history, and the potentials for theoretical and practical innovations that will enable us to recognize and move beyond our current incapacity to formulate a common purpose”  (Craig Browne).

Media commentator

Dr Doyle researches political philosophy and European politics, with particular expertise in contemporary French political theory and debates (including radicalization and terrorism). Her views on French politics, including the rise of President Macron are regularly featured in the Australian news media.