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Lecturer in History, The Open University

I studied in France at the Université de la Sorbonne and the Ecole Normale Supérieure before moving to the UK to pursue graduate work. I was awarded a PhD in History in 2011 by the University of Cambridge, and subsequently took up a Junior Research Fellowship at Christ Church, University of Oxford. In 2015 I joined the Open University as a Lecturer in History.

I am a historian of ideas focusing on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Europe. My research centres on the interactions between British (especially Scottish) and continental political philosophy.

I have particular interests in the historiography of the French Revolution, the history of imperialist thought, and the Scottish Enlightenment. Publications on the topic include "A Scottish Jacobin: John Oswald on Commerce and Citizenship" (Journal of the History of Ideas 71:2, 2010), "Scottish Perspectives on war and patriotism in the 1790s" (The Historical Journal, 2014), and 'The Scottish Enlightenment and the French Revolution' (Cambridge University Press, 2015).


  • –present
    Lecturer in History, The Open University
  • 2010–2015
    Junior Research Fellow in Modern History, University of Oxford


  • 2011 
    University of Cambridge, PhD, History


  • 2015
    The Scottish Enlightenment and the French Revolution, Cambridge University Press