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The Quentin Skinner Fellowship in Intellectual History since 1500

Created by the generosity of Professor Quentin Skinner after the award of the Balzan Prize, the Quentin Skinner Fellowship (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.  

Previous holders of the Fellowship 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), and 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), and Dr. Sophie Smith (Politics, University of Oxford, in 2017).

The Quentin Skinner Fellow in 2018 will be Dr Avi Lifschitz (History, University of Oxford). Dr Lifschitz Associate Professor of European History and Fellow of Magdalen College at the University of Oxford. He is author of Language and Enlightenment: The Berlin Debates of the Eighteenth Century (2012), editor of Engaging with Rousseau and Rousseau’s Imagined Antiquity (both 2016), and co-editor of Rethinking Lessing’s Laocoon (2017) and Epicurus in the Enlightenment (2009).  His current projects include the first modern English edition of a wide range of philosophical works by Frederick II of Prussia (for Princeton University Press).  He has held research fellowships at the Clark Library at UCLA, the universities of Göttingen and Halle, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. He will lecture on the theme of 'Philosophy and Political Agency in the Writings of Frederick II of Prussia'.


The Seeley Lecturer for 2019 is Professor Elizabeth Anderson (Department of Philosophy, University of Michigan). Prof. Anderson will lecture on "The Great Reversal: How Neoliberalism turned Classical Liberal Principles Against Workers" on 7, 9, 14, 16 May 2019.

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