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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

Adam comes to Cambridge from the University of Chicago, where he was Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts and Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences.

He has a BA in Ancient and Modern History from Corpus Christi College, Oxford, an MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of London, and a PhD in History from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Adam’s research interests are in early modern European political thought, particularly its imperial aspects.

His first book examines conceptions of empire in the republican thought of the Italian Renaissance and culminates in a systematic reconstruction of Machiavelli’s theory of the imperial republic.




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In print:


“Subjection without Servitude: The Imperial Protectorate in Renaissance Political Thought,” Journal of the History of Ideas 79.4 (2018): 547-69.

“‘Who Owns the Money?’ Currency, Property, and Popular Sovereignty in Nicole Oresme’s De Moneta,” Speculum 92.1 (2017): 85-116.*
*Awarded the 2019 Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize for a first article in Medieval Studies, Medieval Academy of America (co-winner).

Co-ed. with Joanne Paul et al., Governing Diversities: Democracy, Diversity and Human Nature (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012).


In progress:


“The Concept of Imperio in Machiavelli’s Political Philosophy.” Invited submission for volume: Machiavelli’s Renaissance: The Present and Future of a Classic, eds. Gabriele Pedullà and David Ragazzoni.


Other writing:


“Civic Memory in a Radical Bristol: Edward Colston and Black Lives Matter,” Black Perspectives: The Blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (2020).




Fellow in the History of Political Thought
Fellow, Robinson College

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