Research

My research deals with aspects of European political thought between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. My first book, Adam Ferguson in the Scottish Enlightenment: The Roman Past and Europe’s Future, was published in March 2013 with Harvard University Press. I am also interested, more generally, in the intellectual history of republicanism, empire and democracy, in the role of classical history in shaping modern political thought, and in the relationship between political thought and the natural sciences. I have recently published articles on late eighteenth-century debates about trade, empire, constitutionalism and sociability. I am contributing to a collaborative project on eighteenth-century ideas about war, commerce and perpetual peace. I am currently working on a book-length study of the idea of Caesarism in the political thought of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.