i am junior research fellow in politics at king’s college, cambridge.
i completed my doctorate at the university of cambridge (2014), after receiving an ma in intellectual history and the history of political thought from the university of london (2010), and a ba in politics, philosophy, and economics from the university of oxford (2008).
my doctoral thesis centred upon the political thought of david hume in the context of british debates over the nature of human sociability and moral psychology. i extended this research in my recently completed book, the opinion of mankind: sociability and the state from hobbes to smith, forthcoming with princeton university press. alongside my work in the history of political thought i also research contemporary political theory, with a particular emphasis on the thought of bernard williams. i am in the early stages of researching a second monograph, which will explore adam smith’s conception of commercial society and his views of both moral and political corruption.
much of my work has been published, or is forthcoming, in a number of scholarly journals. i also write reviews and articles for more popular audiences. see the separate pages for links and downloadable copies.