Collegiate Assistant Professor
Social Sciences Core: Classics of Social and Political Thought
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My principal research interests are in the history of early modern European political thought; a history whose global dimensions I also scrutinize. My current research examines republican conceptions of empire in Renaissance Italy. In particular, I am concerned to reconstruct in its intellectual and ideological contexts Machiavelli’s theory of empire, as presented in his Discourses on Livy. I also work on the place of money and other species of property in late medieval and early modern debates about sovereign power. My work has appeared in Speculum (the journal of the Medieval Academy of America) and the Journal of the History of Ideas.
I hold a BA in Ancient and Modern History from the University of Oxford (Corpus Christi College), an MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of London, and a PhD in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. I have been a Visiting Fellow at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.