About me

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. In 2016-2017 I’m the Quentin Skinner Fellow at CRASSH at the University of Cambridge.

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.

I’m a historian of political thought and so far my research has focussed on early modern perspectives on the nature and limits of the state, on the intersection between ideas of empire, citizenship and political philosophy in that period, and on the development of philosophical and scientific approaches to politics. I have further research interests in Ancient Greek political thought, the relationship between philosophy and imaginative literature, and contemporary environmental and feminist political theory.

My first book, The Sphere of the City builds on my doctoral thesis, which won the 2015 Prince Consort Prize and Seeley Medal for best dissertation from the History Faculty, University of Cambridge. My next project, The Nature of Politics: Political Science in Early Modern Europe, will be the first history of the idea of political science, or civil philosophy, from the Latin reception of Aristotle to the writings of David Hume.

My co-edited book (with Katrina Forrester) Nature, Action and the Future: Political Thought and the Environment is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press and my article ‘Democracy and the Body Politic from Aristotle to Hobbes’ is forthcoming in Political Theory.