(MA, Cambridge; MA, PhD, London)
I am interested in the interconnections between political thought and literature in the early modern period and, in particular, the mid-to-late seventeenth century. My research focuses on the formation of political identities, the languages of political engagement and the relationships between gender, citizenship and hermeneutics. I am particularly interested in the works of John Milton, the ‘republican speculations’ of his contemporaries and the influence of classical ideas of statecraft in the formation of the commonwealth. I am currently writing a monograph entitled Milton and the Ideal Citizen: Versions of Liberty, Slavery and Political Identity, 1643-1660, which considers the the ways in which Milton’s engagement with classical models in a series of his texts from 1643-1660 developed in response to his attempts to imbue the people of England with a sense of their rights and duties as citizens against a backdrop of unprecedented political transformation.
My other interests include early modern ideas of education and the curricula and pedagogy of the universities from the mid-sixteenth century onwards. My next project will focus on early modern diplomacy and diplomatic protocol in the mid-seventeenth century.
Office: NC 36 (Rutherford Extension)
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I am interested in supervising research on any aspect of the seventeenth century, particularly topics relating to political identity, gender and rhetoric
I co-edit and contribute to an innovative podcasting project, which disseminates scholarly research in new formats and on new platforms. The project is funded by an e-Learning fellowship at the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, Queen Mary, University of London.
I am a member of the Society for Renaissance Studies.