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HIST 382/4 Section A
Age of Enlightenment
HIST 437R/4 Section AA
Knowledge and Power in Early Modern Europe, c 1500-1800
B.A. University of Maryland, College Park; M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D. Columbia University
Brief Academic Biography
I received my Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2005 and joined the Department of History at Concordia in 2008. My first book, William Petty and the Ambitions of Political Arithmetic (Oxford University Press, 2009), was awarded the 2010 John Ben Snow Foundation Prize by the North American Conference on British Studies. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and have held research fellowships in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia. My work has appeared in several journals and edited volumes and has also been featured in Pour la Science and The London Review of Books.
My research focuses on connections between early social science, social engineering, natural philosophy and religion in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Britain, Ireland, and the Atlantic. My current book project examines the reception and interpretation of quantitative approaches to population among various audiences in England and colonial America from c.1660-1800, in relation to belief in divine providence, conceptions of sacred and global history, and problems of communal, national, and colonial government. I am also actively interested in the history of “projects” (that is, scientific, economic, social and political improvement schemes), in the relationship between alchemy and economic ideas, and in the political and intellectual history of Restoration and early eighteenth-century Ireland. You can find out more about my research by following the links under “Publications”, below.
Teaching and Supervision
Here at Concordia, I teach lecture courses spanning the early modern period of European history (c.1500-1800); those offered on a frequent basis include the Reformation (HIST326), the Scientific Revolution (HIST328), the Enlightenment (HIST382), and, starting in 2014-15, early modern Britain and Ireland (HIST340). I also regularly teach honours- and graduate-level seminars on early modern themes (examples of recent themes include the cultural history of science, ideas about the relationship between antiquity and modernity, and varieties of utopianism).
I am interested in supervising students at all levels on topics in early modern British, Irish, European and Atlantic history, intellectual history, and the history of science. I encourage students or prospective students interested in pursuing these topics to email me.
William Petty and the Ambitions of Political Arithmetic (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)
[See it at OUP Canada: http://www.oupcanada.com/catalog/9780199547890.html or read about it here: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v33/n02/steven-shapin/good-housekeeping]
Articles and Book Sections:
“Restoration Ireland, 1660-1688”, in Alvin Jackson (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) (forthcoming)
“Population: Modes of Seventeenth-Century Demographic Thought”, in Carl Wennerlind and Philip J. Stern (eds.), Mercantilism Reimagined: Political Economy in Early Modern Britain and Its Empire (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), 25-45
[See it at OUP Canada: http://www.oupcanada.com/catalog/9780199547890.html]
“Political Arithmetic and Sacred History: Population Thought in the English Enlightenment, 1660-1750”, Journal of British Studies 52:4 (2013): 829-57
[See it at Cambridge Journals: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/jbr.2013.123]
“Governing Model Populations: Queries, Quantifications, and William Petty's ‘Scale of Salubrity’”, History of Science 51:2 (2013): 179-98
[See a pre-publication version at academia.edu: http://www.academia.edu/1479452/Governing_Model_Populations_Queries_Quantification_and_William_Pettys_Scale_of_Salubrity_]
“‘A Proportionable Mixture’: Sir William Petty, Political Arithmetic, and the Transmutation of the Irish,” in Restoration Ireland: Always Settling and Never Settled, edited by Coleman Dennehy (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008), 123-39
[See it at Ashgate: http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754658870]
“Transmutation, Inclusion, and Exclusion: Political Arithmetic from Charles II to William III,” Journal of Historical Sociology, 20:3 (2007): 259-78
[See it at Wiley: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-6443.2007.00313.x/abstract]
“Alchemy in the Political Arithmetic of Sir William Petty (1623-1687),” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 37:2 (2006): 290-307.[See it at Science Direct: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0039368106000185