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Dr Julia Nicholls joined King’s in September 2017 as a Lecturer in French & European Studies.  She completed a BA in History and an MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies at King’s College, Cambridge, and a PhD in History at Queen Mary University of London.  Her thesis explored French revolutionary thought after the Paris Commune, and her new research looks at comparisons of slavery and labour in nineteenth-century French thought.  Prior to joining King’s, Julia worked at New College, Oxford.


  • Nineteenth-century French history
  • French and European political and social thought
  • French imperial history
  • Histories of Marxism, socialism, and subjection


  • Revolutionary Thought after the Paris Commune, 1871-1885 (forthcoming).
  • ‘Empire and internationalism in French revolutionary socialist thought’, The Historical Journal 59:4 (2016), 1051-74.


Julia’s teaching focuses on modern French history, politics, and political thought.

Expertise and Public Engagement

  • History of France and the French overseas empire
  • French and European thought
  • History of Marxism and socialism