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Dr Julia Nicholls, Lecturer in French & European Studies. Julia 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. Julia's first book, Revolutionary Thought after the Paris Commune, 1871-1885, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019, and she has also published in The Historical Journal. She is currently researching comparisons between slavery and wage labour in modern French thought, and the intellectual history of the droit au travail.

Please note, Dr Nicholls will be on maternity leave from October until April 2023. 


  • 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