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Dr Adam Sutcliffe

Dr Adam Sutcliffe

Dr Adam Sutcliffe

Reader in European History 

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1775
Address Department of History
King’s College London
Room S8.21
London WC2R 2LS

Adam Sutcliffe joined the department in 2005 as Lecturer in Early Modern History, following six years teaching at the University of Illinois, USA.  He became Head of Department in August 2012. He studied for his PhD (awarded in 1998) at University College London, receiving his MA from Sussex and BA from Cambridge. He has held fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania, the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, and the University of Leipzig.
Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Intellectual History of Early Modern Europe
  • Jews and Judaism

Dr Sutcliffe specialises in the intellectual history of Western Europe, c.1650-1850, and also in the history of Jews, Judaism and Jewish/non-Jewish relations in Europe from 1600 to the present. He is the author of Judaism and Enlightenment (Cambridge University Press, 2003), a study of the philosophical and political significance of Judaism and Jews in European Enlightenment thought. He has also recently published a co-edited volume, Philosemitism in History (CUP, 2011). His current research focuses on the relationship between religion, issues of religious difference and radical politics in western European thought in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He is also the co-editor of the forthcoming seventh volume of the Cambridge History of Judaism, covering the period 1500-1815.

Dr Adam Sutcliffe would particularly welcome applications from research students interested in working on:

  • Any aspect of the European Enlightenment, particularly relating to Bayle, Spinoza, Jews and Judaism, or the politics of religion
  • Early modern and modern Jewish history and the uses of the Jewish past
  • The history of friendship
  • Eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century radical thought, particularly in France and Germany
For more details, please see his full research profile.
Selected Publications
  • Adam Sutcliffe (2010)  'The Invention of the Jewish People' JOURNAL OF PALESTINE STUDIES, 39 (3), pp. 82-83.
    [Book Review (Print)]
  • Adam Sutcliffe (2008) 'Regulating Sociability: Rabbinical Authority and Jewish-Christian Interaction in Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam', in Rabbinic Culture and Its Critics: Jewish Authority, Dissent, and Heresy in Medieval and Early Modern Times  pp. ?-?
  • Adam Sutcliffe (2008)  'Spinoza, Bayle, and the Enlightenment politics of philosophical certainty' History of European Ideas, 34 (1), pp. 66-76.
    [Article in print Journal]
  • Adam Sutcliffe (2007)  'Sephardic Amsterdam and the Myths of Jewish Modernity’' Jewish Quarterly Review, 97 (3), pp. 417-437.
    [Article in print Journal]
  • Adam Sutcliffe (2003) Judaism and Enlightenment Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 
    [Authored Book in print]
For a complete list of publications, please see Adam's full research profile.


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