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The Quentin Skinner Lectureship in Intellectual History since 1500

Created by the generosity of Professor Quentin Skinner after the award of the Balzan Prize, the Quentin Skinner Lectureship (formerly the Balzan-Skinner Fellowship) allows an early career scholar to spend a sabbatical term or semester in Cambridge in order to work on a discrete piece of research, the result of which is presented in a public lecture and symposium and will be published, subject to peer review, in the Historical Journal.

An appointment is made annually; ‘modern’ is since c. 1500, and ‘early career’ within ten years of attaining the PhD. Please note that the terms of the fellowship do not cover the cost of release from academic duties at the fellowship holder’s employing institution. Read more.

Applications for the Quentin Skinner Lectureship 2020-21 are now online. For more information and to submit your application click here.

Previous holders of the Lectureship are Dr Hannah Dawson (History and Philosophy, Edinburgh, in 2010); Dr Joel Isaac (History, Queen Mary London, in 2011); Dr Tim Stanton (Politics, York, in 2012); Dr Gabriel Paquette (History, The Johns Hopkins University, in 2013); Dr Karuna Mantena (Political Science, Yale, in 2014); Dr Anna Becker (History, University of Basel, in 2015); Dr Teresa Bejan (Politics, University of Oxford, in 2016); Dr Sophie Smith (Politics, University of Oxford, in 2017); Dr Avi Lifschitz (History, University of Oxford, in 2018); and Dr Emma Hunter (History, University of Edinburgh, in 2019).

The Quentin Skinner Lecturer in 2020 will be Dr Isaac Nakhimovsky.

Dr Nakhimovsky is Associate Professor of History and Humanities at Yale University. His first book, The Closed Commercial State: Perpetual Peace and Commercial Society from Rousseau to Fichte (Princeton, 2011), showed how, in the context of the French Revolution, the German philosopher J.G. Fichte came to undertake a systematic treatment of economic independence as an ideal, or the political theory of what John Maynard Keynes later termed “national self-sufficiency.” He has also collaborated on an edition of Fichte’s Addresses to the German Nation (Hackett, 2013), and two volumes of essays on eighteenth-century political thought and its post-revolutionary legacies: Commerce and Peace in the Enlightenment (Cambridge, 2017), and Markets, Morals, Politics: Jealousy of Trade and the History of Political Thought (Harvard, 2018). His next book, "A World Reformed: Liberalism, the Holy Alliance, and the Problems of Global Order," is forthcoming from Princeton University Press.