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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, circa 1450 to 1800, particularly varieties of republicanism and theories of rights. My current areas of research include the English Republic and its textual afterlife in the Enlightenment, transnational networks, the intersection of religion and politics, transcultural exchange, 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 Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland, as well as early America and the Atlantic world.

I have presented my research 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

– In preparation, ‘Democracy in Algernon Sidney’s Discourses concerning government’, in Skadi Krause and Dirk Jorke (eds.), Republicanism and Democracy (Springer, forthcoming)

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.