I am an historian of politics and political ideologies. I am fascinated by the ways in which ideas shape societies, cultures, and governments. This is an interest that takes me in many different directions – from the intellectual history of seventeenth-century Europe to the politics of the modern Middle East.
Abstract principles often have very real, tangible human consequences. Words do not remain bound to the pages upon which they are written: they force people to think, to respond, and to act. They influence social, economic, and political debates as much as they are influenced by them. In short, ideas are powerful, and it is necessary to understand how, why, and when transformations in human thought have occurred in the past so that we are empowered to assess their legacies in the present.
I studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, where I graduated with a Double First in History (BA Hons) and with a Distinction in the MPhil in Early Modern History.
I have been fortunate to have been awarded some accolades for my work. In November 2018, I won the Dissertation Prize of the Society for the Study of French History (SSFH), the Institut français, and the French Embassy of London for my undergraduate dissertation, “The Revolution in Saint-Domingue and the Historicity of Liberty, c. 1791-1797”. In this work, I tested the philosophical theories of Reinhardt Koselleck, François Hartog, and others using my discoveries within the Archives Nationales in Paris.
I have also examined the history of liberty and slavery in France and the Caribbean during the 1790s more broadly. This was a decade in which a revolution led by former black slaves succeeded in defying the French colonial empire in the country we now know as Haiti. For this research, I was awarded the James Webb Prize for the History of Ideas by Trinity College, Cambridge, in February 2019.