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Research

I predominantly work on intellectual history and the history of political thought from circa 1450 to 1800, especially varieties of republicanism. My current research centres on English republicanism and the English Republic in European, transatlantic, and global context as well as their textual afterlives in the Enlightenment and age of revolutions. I am particularly interested in the relationship between English republicanism, chattel slavery, and the development of abolitionism as well as premodern notions of race. Further themes to this ongoing work include republican theories of liberty and rights, natural law and virtue ethics, democracy and popular sovereignty, transnational and cross-confessional networks, gender and class, the intersection of religion and politics, the philosophy of love and aesthetics, the experience of exile, international relations, political economy, and diplomacy.

My PhD thesis, ‘De republica saeculari: The Architectonic of Freedom and the Temporal Republic of Algernon Sidney’ (submitted) offers a  reassessment of Sidney’s thought as well as study into his activities and networks, with a particular focus on his tenure as ambassador from the English Republic to Denmark-Norway and Sweden during the Dano-Swedish War (1658-1660). This reassessment also has implications for how we understand English republicanism  – and indeed political thought itself – in the seventeenth century and beyond. Central to this is an emphasis on time and historiography. Alongside more conceptual work, I have also undertaken research on Sidney in over thirty archives across eight states and this work introduces a range of previously uncited manuscript sources.

Connected to my PhD, and developing on my work as a Research Fellow  at the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi (2022-2023), I have invested a good deal of time into exploring the reception of Sidney and other English republicans – such as James Harrington, Edmund Ludlow, John Milton, and Henry Neville – in the writings and debates of the  Enlightenment with a focus on France, the early United States, and states of the Italy, especially Naples.

In addition to my work on republicanism and its reception, I am investigating the work of the Neapolitan natural philosopher, poet, academician, and translator Giuseppa Eleonora Barbapiccola (c.1700-1740), with a particular focus on her edition of I Principi della filosofia di Renato Des-Cartes (Turin [Naples], 1722), which introduced Cartesianism into the Italian vernacular alongside a prefatory statement on women’s equality and the history of philosophy.

Further to my work on Europe and America, I am also interested in the European, specifically English, encounter with Tokugawa Japan and have undertaken work on seventeenth-century English-Japanese relations, particularly the ways in which English observers and agents within Japan conceptualised its political, economic, and social structures.

I have presented widely,  including at conferences hosted in France (Rouen), Germany (Darmstadt), Italy (Florence, Turin, Venice), Lithuania (Vilnius), the Netherlands (Leiden), and the United Kingdom (Belfast, Cambridge, Newcastle).

I also have an interest in historical methodology, the history of intellectual history as a discipline, and political theory.

Publications

– I am co-editing a forthcoming volume with contributions in English and French, provisionally Le républicanisme d’Algernon Sidney. Contextes, concepts et réceptions, ed. Thomas Ashby, Christopher Hamel, and Gilles Olivo; I also contribute a chapter to the volume: ‘Eros, Aesthetics, and Women’s Equality: Algernon Sidney’s Essay Of Love‘.
– ‘Algernon Sidney (1623-1683)’, in The Cambridge Dictionary of Political Thought, ed. Richard Bellamy, Carol Atack,  Christopher Brooke, and Leigh Jenco (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, forthcoming).
– ‘Democracy in Algernon Sidney’s Discourses concerning government’, in Republicanism and Democracy: Close Friends? , ed. Skadi Siiri Krause and Dirk Jorke (Springer: Cham, 2022), pp. 81-111.

Teaching

I have assisted faculty in the following postgraduate seminars:

– Intellectual and Cultural History (Departmental Seminar, 2019-2020)
– The Circulation of Ideas and Information (Research Seminar, 2019-2020)

In March 2019 I was awarded a ‘Teaching in Higher Education’ certificate from the EUI following the completion of a peer-reviewed special training course with instructors based at the EUI and University College London.

Further Research Experience

Since 2023 I have worked as a research assistant to William Caferro (Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History, Vanderbilt University) for a project on the economic history of fourteenth-century Italy. Prior to this, from 2020 to 2022, I assisted Peter Sposato (Indiana University Kokomo) research martial culture in medieval Tuscany.