Ruth Scurr was born in 1971 in London. In 1989 she went up to Oxford to read English, but changed after a year to study Politics and Philosophy.
She was admitted to Cambridge for a Master’s course in Social and Political Theory in 1993, and then stayed to complete a PhD and British Academy Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of Politics. In 1996 she spent a year in Paris at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. Her doctorate was on the political thought of the French Revolution. Ruth Scurr began reviewing regularly for The Times and the Times Literary Supplement in 1997.
Since then she has also published in 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. Fatal Purity – Robespierre and the French Revolution was Scurr’s first book in 2006.
Scurr is an affiliated lecturer in the Department of Politics at Cambridge, and Director of Studies in Social and Political Sciences for Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where she is a Fellow.