Current students

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.


Kajo Kubala

After completing his BA in History at the University of Cambridge, Kajo went on to pursue an MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History at Queen Mary, University of London, where he is now a PhD candidate. Kajo’s interests include Thomas Hobbes, early American history, Atlantic history, and early modern political thought. His PhD project focuses on the corporate origins of the modern state and the role that corporations had in the process of state-formation.


Iacovos Iacovides

Iacovos works on early modern political thought. He studies the first texts to introduce economic and commercial development as part and parcel of politics, with a particular focus on the writings of the Italian Jesuit Giovanni Botero. His broader objective is to examine the implications of these ideas upon early imperial expansion and the state. His project is supervised by Professor Andrew Fitzmaurice. Iacovos holds a BSc in Economics and Politics from QMUL and an MSc in Political Sociology from the LSE. Before starting his PhD, he completed the MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History at QMUL and UCL.


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 LAHP-funded project focuses on the thought and networks of Mary Wollstonecraft and Germaine de Staël. It traces the religious, philosophical and literary sources of their ideas about emotion, and examines to what extent their understanding of the relationship between politics and feeling shifted during the revolutionary period. Cathleen holds an MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History from Queen Mary and University College London and a BA (Hons) from UCL.


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.


Tom Musgrove

Tom is researching perceptions of the Balkans in Britain and Ireland between 1856 and 1914, under the supervision of Professors Georgios Varouxakis and Martyn Frampton. His project aims to examine the changing conceptions of modernity, progress, and the ‘West’ throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with discussions of the Balkans as a region notionally caught between historical eras and between continents serving as an important arena through which political writers could explore such questions. He holds a BA in History and an MPhil in World History from the University of Cambridge.


Atlanta Neudorf

Atlanta NeudorfAtlanta Neudorf researches the revolutionary political thought of French exiles in London between the 1848 revolutions and the Paris Commune with a particular focus on the writings, activism, and networks of Félix Pyat (1810-1889). Her research is supervised by Professors Georgios Varouxakis, Maurizio Isabella, and Gareth Stedman Jones and is funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Atlanta holds an MPhil in Modern European History from the University of Cambridge and a BA from Durham University.


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.


Tanroop Sandhu

Tanroop Sandhu is a PhD candidate studying the political thought of South Asian leftists in the diaspora during the interwar period, under the supervision of Dr Chris Moffat and Professor Martyn Frampton. His research seeks to analyze the contributions that figures like Rajani Palme Dutt and Shapurji Saklatvala, among others, made to communist theory and anti-imperialist politics in both India and the imperial core. Tanroop completed his BA in History, and his MA in the Tri-University History Program, at the University of Waterloo. His other research interests include, broadly, the histories of anti-colonialism, communism, and the Indian independence movement.