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Research

I am a historian interested in intellectual history, broadly construed, and the history of political thought, with a focus on early modern European thought, particularly varieties of English seventeenth-century republicanism in their continental, transatlantic, and global contexts. My current areas of research include transnational networks, early modern diplomacy, transcultural exchange, the intersection of religion and politics, the experience of exile, and the relationship of gender and race to early modern political thought.

The aforementioned themes all coalesce in my ongoing doctoral thesis on  ‘Liberty, Virtue, and the Commonwealth of Rights: The Republicanism of Algernon Sidney’. My work tracing Sidney’s writings, activities, and networks has led me to undertake research across Europe, deepening the relationship of my study to the histories of France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, the Low Countries, Switzerland, and Scandinavia, as well as early America and the Atlantic world.

Informed by all these themes, I am also a historian of England and the archipelago of Britain and Ireland from the Wars of the Three Kingdoms (1639-1651) through to the so-called ‘Glorious’ Revolution (1688-1689) and well into the reign of Queen Anne (1702-1714), with a special focus on the English Commonwealth, Protectorate, and Restoration as well as their European and transatlantic contexts.

I have presented my research widely, including at conferences hosted in 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, especially theories of republicanism.

Teaching

I assisted faculty in the following postgraduate seminars (2019/2020):

– Intellectual and Cultural History (Departmental Seminar)
– The Circulation of Ideas and Information (Research Seminar)

I am keen to teach on any of the aforementioned interests as well as, more broadly, courses on the history of Europe, circa 1450-1800, and the history of political thought from antiquity to the present. I have designed my own semester length course, aimed at final year undergraduates and/or graduate students entitled ‘Early Modern Political Thought’. This course design was constructed, peer-reviewed, and assessed for my ‘Teaching in Higher Education’ certification, awarded in March 2019.