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Biography

I am an intellectual historian and my main research focus is on early modern political thought, particularly English republicanism and its reception within its continental, transatlantic, and global contexts. More broadly, I also have interests in Enlightenment studies, the early English encounter with Tokugawa Japan, the historiography of intellectual history, and contemporary political theory.

I was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the European University Institute in March 2024 for my doctoral thesis entitled ‘De republica saeculari: The Architectonic of Freedom and the Temporal Republic of Algernon Sidney’. During my doctorate I was supervised by Ann Thomson and my examiners were Hannah Dawson (King’s College London), Rachel Hammersley (Newcastle University), and Nicolas Guilhot (EUI).

In July and August 2024 I will undertake a Maddock Research Fellowship at Marsh’s Library in Dublin, Ireland, where I will research radical Huguenot networks, the printing and translation of republican texts, and  the editorial work of the Irish philosopher John Toland (1670-1722).

Alongside my research, I am a member of the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed journal Global Intellectual History and its Social Media Editor. I am also a co-organiser of the Association for Global Political Thought based at Harvard University, a network of scholars that hosts events dedicated to the study of political thought in international society and global contexts.  Further to this, I co-administrate the online group ‘The Republic of Letters’ and I am a member of the 18th Century Translators Dictionary project hosted at the EUI, the Università degli Studi di Firenze, and the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche.

Between 2022 and 2023 I held a Research Fellowship at the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi in Turin where I undertook research on a project entitled ‘English Republican Texts in the French and Italian Enlightenment’, advised by Vincenzo Ferrone (Università degli Studi di Torino).  I was a visiting researcher at the Fondazione Luigi Firpo, Centro di Studi sul Pensiero Politico, also in Turin, from September 2021 to May 2022, as well as the Institute for History, Leiden University from August to December 2018.

From 2017 to 2020 I was co-convenor of the EUI Intellectual History Working Group, organising various conferences, workshops, and talks at the EUI, including the first EUI Graduate Conference in Intellectual History, a successful international series now in its fifth year.

I came to the EUI after completing an MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History at the University of London, jointly administered by University College London (UCL) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). During my time in London I predominantly researched early modern English, French, and Italian political thought, which culminated in a thesis with distinction entitled ‘Thomas Hobbes, the Regicide, and Political Obligation’, supervised by Quentin Skinner. Prior to my postgraduate studies I read History and Politics at Keble College, Oxford.