I’m an Associate Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford and a Tutorial Fellow at University College. I’m also an Executive Editor at the Journal of the History of Ideas.
I completed my PhD in the History of Political Thought at the University of Cambridge (Trinity College) under the supervision of Annabel Brett, after an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History and a BA in History, both also from the University of Cambridge. My PhD thesis won the 2015 Prince Consort Prize and Seeley Medal for best dissertation from the History Faculty at the University of Cambridge. After this I was a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, University of Oxford.
I’m primarily a historian of political thought. My two main areas of research are early modern political ideas and the history of feminist politics and political theory. I have further research interests in Ancient Greek and Roman political thought, the relationship between philosophy and imaginative literature, and the history of environmental political thinking.
In early modernity, I’ve written on the history of European ideas of empire and the state, of citizenship and slavery, and on arguments about the nature and purpose of political philosophy itself. My interest in the project and politics of political theory extends to my work on feminism. I am currently thinking about the intersections between activist and academic approaches to feminist theory, about feminist engagements with so-called ‘mainstream’ political theory and about what these histories suggest for the future of feminist inquiry. I welcome graduate students who wish to work on any of these topics.