The Center for the History of British Political Thought sponsors programs and publications that have remapped the main patterns of political thought and discourse in a major political culture over three seminal centuries. It was established in 1984 through a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, and sustained with a 1996 endowment from the late Dr. Barbara Taft.
The founding members of the Steering Committee were J.G.A. Pocock, Lois G. Schwoerer, and Gordon J. Schochet. Current members of the Steering Committee include David Armitage (Harvard University), Linda Levy Peck (The George Washington University), Gordon J. Schochet (Rutgers University), Julia Rudolph (North Carolina State University), Nigel Smith (Princeton University), and Kathleen Lynch (Folger Institute).
A number of past programs have resulted in publications such as The Varieties of British Political Thought, 1500–1800.