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Journalist and Independent Scholar, PhD from the University of East Anglia
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early modern British history, seventeenth-century English republicanism, utopianism, print, translation, exile
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About Me

I’m a historian and journalist with an interest in early modern British and European history, the history of political thought and discourse, cultural history, utopianism, literature and translation. And of course I’m a news junkie!

After studying History, German and English Literature at Bonn University, Germany for two years I moved to the UK, where I completed my BA in History at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich. I stayed on to do an MA in Early Modern History followed by a PhD on the republican Henry Neville (1619-94).

Since completing my PhD I have worked as a History tutor at the UEA, Queen Mary and Goldsmiths Colleges in London, Humboldt University in Berlin, and the University of Potsdam, Germany.

I have also worked as an administrator for Norwich City Council, supply teacher in Norfolk, sub-editor with dpa News International in Cork, Ireland, freelance foreign correspondent for various German media, press review editor for euro|topics in Berlin and freelance journalist.

I had a lecturing position in the English department at Potsdam before moving to Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne in January 2011. After a six-month work secondment from April to September 2015 I am now working as a journalist for dpa News International again.

My first monograph was Henry Neville and English Republican Culture in the Seventeenth Century: Dreaming of Another Game (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009). Together with Dirk Wiemann at Potsdam I co-edited European Contexts for English Republicanism (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013) and Perspectives on English Revolutionary Republicanism (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014). My most recent project is an edited collection with Cesare Cuttica, Patriarchal Moments (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016).

Recent Publications

‘Wansleben reads Harrington: Wansleben, the Harrington Manuscript, and English Republicanism’, in: Asaph Ben-Tov, Jan Loop and Martin Mulsow (eds), Ludolf und Wansleben – Orientalistik, Politik und Geschichte zwischen Gotha und Afrika 1650-1700(Brill: Leiden, forthcoming).

‘Machiavelli, Neville and the seventeenth-century discourse on priestcraft’, Intellectual History Review, 28:1 (2018), pp. 79-99.

‘The English Republican Exiles in Europe’, Philosophical Enquiries. Revue des philosophies Anglophones, 8 (2017), pp. 35-59.

With Cesare Cuttica (eds), Patriarchal Moments(London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016).

‘Citizenship and exile: English republicanism in a transnational context’, Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique(2016), pp. 1-15.

‘Le républicanisme anglais et le mythe de l’anticatholicisme’, in: G. Marche/ N. Caron (eds), La politisation du religieux en modernité(Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2015), pp. 1-14.

Les Juges Jugez, se Justifians (1663) and Edmund Ludlow’s protestant network in seventeenth-century Switzerland’, Historical Journal, 57, 2 (2014), pp. 369-396.

With Dirk Wiemann (eds), Perspectives on English Revolutionary Republicanism(Farnham: Ashgate, 2014).

With Dirk Wiemann (eds), European Contexts for English Republicanism(Farnham: Ashgate, 2013).

‘Authors Losing Control: The European Transformations of Henry Neville’s The Isle of Pines(1668),’ Book History, 15 (2012), pp. 1-15.

Henry Neville and English Republican Culture in the Seventeenth Century: Dreaming of Another Game (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Great Britain
Expertise by Geography
England, Germany, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Government, Migration & Immigration, Politics, Rebellion & Revolution, Religion