Current students

Giuseppe Grieco

Giuseppe Grieco is a PhD candidate in History of Political Thought at Queen Mary University of London. He holds a BA and MA in History from Scuola Normale Superiore and the University of Pisa. His research interests lie in the fields of intellectual, imperial and global history, particularly the Mediterranean, the British empire and the history of international law in the long nineteenth century.


David Klemperer

David is researching the history of socialist political thought in France, under the supervision of Professors Julian Jackson and Iain Stewart. Entitled “The Ideological Crisis of French Socialism, c.1930 – c.1950”, his PhD project explores how thinkers within France’s Socialist Party responded to the challenges posed by fascism, communism, war, economic crisis, and the realities of holding power. David previously completed an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge, and a BA in History and Politics at the University of Oxford. Alongside his project, he has wider interests in political theory, and in the history of social democracy.


Cathleen Mair

Cathleen works on late-eighteenth-century debates about the place of passions, sentiments and affections in political life, under the supervision of Professors Thomas Dixon and Gareth Stedman Jones. Her project focuses on the thought and networks of Mary Wollstonecraft and Germaine de Staël. Cathleen holds an MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History from Queen Mary and University College London. Her broader research interests include the history of Protestantism in the revolutionary period, Enlightenment thought, and the history of emotions.


Charlotte McCallum

Following a BA in English and Related Literature from the University of York and an MA in Early Modern Studies from UCL, Charlotte is currently undertaking a PhD at QMUL on the translation, publication and reception of Machiavelli’s works in seventeenth-century England. Working between the History and English departments, under the supervision of Professors Quentin Skinner and Warren Boutcher, her work crosses the boundaries between translation studies, the history of the book and the history of political thought.


Susannah Owen

Susannah is researching the Jacobin Club of Paris in the French Revolution, under the supervision of Professor Colin Jones and Professor Miles Ogborn, and supported by Dr Hannah Williams. Using digital methodologies such as GIS and distant reading, her research explores questions surrounding the relationship between the Jacobins and the city space of Paris, the discourse of Jacobinism, and the social makeup of the Paris club. Her MRes dissertation, carried out at Keele University, investigated the use of urban space to shape citizens in France’s interwar garden cities movement. It used the case study of Suresnes – a suburb of Paris – to explore the political and ideological motives of a network of garden city planners and architects working around the capital at this time.