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Biography

Before joining King’s College London History department, I taught Digital Humanities in the Department of Information Studies at University College London and was a Visiting Researcher at The British Museum. From 2017–2019, I was a post-doctoral researcher on the Leverhulme Trust funded research project “Enlightenment Architectures: Sir Hans Sloane’s catalogues of his collections”. This project sought to understand the intellectual structures of Sloane’s manuscript catalogues and with them the origins of the Enlightenment disciplines and information management practices they helped to shape. The project examined Sloane’s catalogues to reveal the way he and his contemporaries collected, organized and classified the world, through their descriptions, cross-references and codes. Within the project, I was responsible for research into Sloane's library collection. 

I completed my PhD in History at the European University Institute, Florence 2017. My “Where philosophy meets bureaucracy: Cesare Beccaria’s social contract from page to practice” focused on the philosophical and administrative writings of the eighteenth-century Italian philosopher Cesare Beccaria.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Early Modern European History
  • Intellectual history/ History of Political Thought
  • Public History
  • Digital Humanities/ Digital History

Teaching 

My teaching at King’s College London covers diverse topics in Early Modern European History, Intellectual History and the History of Political Thought, and Public History, Cultural Heritage and Memory Institutions. I also teach core methodology and research skills classes.

Expertise and public engagement

In my role at The British Museum, I undertook many public engagement activities, ranging from writing for the British Museum Magazine to conducting Gallery Talks and Patrons’ Events. I am currently a host of the New Books in Intellectual History Channel on the New Books Network.

Selected publications 

  • Chaos naturae et artis: Imitation, Innovation and Improvisation in Sir Hans Sloane’s library. Part One”. Library and Information History,
  • “Cesare Beccaria: Functionary, Lecturer, Cameralist? Interpreting Cameralism in Habsburg Lombardy” in Cameralism and the Enlightenment: Happiness, Governance and Reform in Transnational Perspective, Routledge (2019).
  • “Digital Humanities in the Memory Institution: the challenges of encoding Sir Hans Sloane’s catalogues of his collections”, Open Journal of the Humanities, 2019.