As a political theorist Terrell Carver has specialised in Marx, Engels and Marxism, and on philosophy and methodology of social science. In particular he has concentrated on textual work in order to raise standards of interpretation. Besides doing his own translations of Marx, he has addressed himself to investigating the exact roles played by Engels in the composition of the Marxian canon and in the interpretative tradition that surrounds it. In doing this he has engaged with deconstructionist and post-modern methodologies, following developments in feminist theory particularly closely. Some of his work has employed feminist and men’s studies perspectives on masculinities, and he is now contributing to the political theory of sex, gender and sexuality, in particular in International Relations.
Terrell has researched selected aspects of UK, American, Chinese, South East Asian, Australian and European politics to illustrate what political theory can do. He is co-general editor of two book series: ‘Routledge Innovators in Political Theory’ and ‘Globalization’ for Rowman & Littlefield, and also co-editor of the journal Contemporary Political Theory. He has been repeatedly re-elected to the Executive Committee of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom and has done considerable work to internationalise the profession by initiating and administering programmes of exchange and sponsorship with similar associations all over the world. Currently he is serving on the Executive Committee of the International Political Science Association in a similar capacity. He is also an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.
In 2002-2003 Terrell was funded by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Board to finish his book on how men have presented men as overtly gendered and as apparently de-gendered beings in political theory. More recently (2008) he has co-authored/edited (with Samuel A. Chambers) two books on the political theory of Judith Butler. His latest award (2007) from the Arts & Humanities Research Council has enabled him to prepare a new English rescension of the manuscripts commonly known as Marx & Engels’s The German Ideology: Part One. He is currently preparing a large-scale jointly authored study combining detailed historical work on these manuscripts with philosophical and methodological commentary.