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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 seventeenth-century European thought, particularly varieties of English republicanism, in their continental, transatlantic, and global contexts. My areas of research include transnational networks, the exchange of ideas, the intersection of religion and politics, and the experience of early modern exile.

My work tracing early modern networks, especially those connected to Algernon Sidney (1623-1683), has led me to undertake research across Europe, deepening the relationship of my scholarship to the histories of France, Italy, the Low Countries, Switzerland, and Scandinavia, as well as early America and beyond.

Informed by all these themes, I am also a historian of England and the British Isles from the prelude to the Wars of the Three Kingdoms (1639-1651) through to the revolution of 1688 and into the reign of Queen Anne, with a special focus on the Commonwealth, Protectorate, and Restoration regimes.

I have presented my historical research widely, including at conferences hosted in Italy (Florence), Lithuania (Vilnius), the Netherlands (Leiden), and the United Kingdom (Belfast, Cambridge).

I also have an interest in historical methodologies and political theory.

Teaching

Assistance to senior 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.