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MemberMads Langballe Jensen

I am a historian of early modern political thought, working on topics from the German Reformation to the Early Enlightenment and from Denmark/Norway to the Coast of West Africa. I am particularly interested in how different theories of natural law were used to justify and legitimise interests in different religious, political, commercial and colonial conflicts in early modern history.   My first project was a contextual study of the political philosophy of the Wittenberg reformer Philipp Melanchthon and the first formulations of Protestant natural law theories. It investigated the different theories of natural law which Melanchthon developed and the purposes for which he applied (or didn’t apply) them in his political philosophical works. An early fruit of this project was an article on Melanchthon’s commentary on Aristotle’s Politics published in History of Political Thought.

MemberNicholas Baker

Nicholas Scott Baker is an historian of the political and economic cultures of early modern Europe and the Mediterranean, with particular interests in Renaissance Italy, connections and exchanges between Italy and the Iberian world in the sixteenth century, and the use of visual sources in historical research. He has published on the political culture of Florence between the end of the republic and the creation of the Medici principality, and on the various cultures of financial risk taking in Renaissance Italy. He is currently completing a cultural history that explores how Renaissance Italians thought about the future and, in particular, how ideas about the future changed around the turn of the sixteenth century. It explores understandings about the power of fortuna in human lives and ways these beliefs interacted with ideas about providence and human ability in the realms of commerce and gambling: In Fortune’s Theater: Financial Risk and the Future in Renaissance Italy (under contract with Cambridge University Press). He continues to maintain an interest in and work on the political culture of Florence during the sixteenth century and on the cultural, political, and economic connections between the city and the Spanish world. As part of this interest, he is developing a new project that explores the Italian Renaissance from the perspective of sixteenth-century globalization. The project aims to produce a microhistory that examines the concurrent emergence of the first global economy with the establishment of a canon of visual art in central Italy by examining the fortunes of a family of merchants and art collectors.  

MemberCarol Atack

From Nov 2020: Associate tutor, Director of studies in Classics, and Fellow, Newnham College, University of Cambridge. From Oct 2019: Associate tutor, Director of studies in Classics, and Bye-fellow, Newnham College, University of Cambridge. April-Dec 2020: Research Associate, Oxford History of the Archaic Greek World, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge. Fellow (2019-20), Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC. Associate editor, Polis: the Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought 2016-19: Post-doctoral research assistant, ‘Anachronism and Antiquity’ project, Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford, and non-stipendiary Junior Research Fellow, St Hugh’s College. Current research is focused on fourth-century BCE Greek political thought, especially temporality and change in Greek political thought and the dialogues of Plato. Teaching at Oxford included lectures and classes for Sexuality and Gender in Greece and Rome, an upper-level course for students in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Oxford. Syndic, Fitzwilliam Museum, 2021- Treasurer of the Women’s Classical Committee UK, 2015-2020.

MemberSteven P. Millies

Steve Millies’s scholarship explores the Catholic church’s relationship to politics in a perspective that embraces history, theology, law, ethics, sociology, philosophy, and political theory.  As Pope Francis has called for a “politics which is farsighted and capable of a new, integral, and interdisciplinary approach,” Millies’s work resists seeing politics only as a conflict over individual interests. Instead, in Pope Francis’s words, politics expresses our “conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for each other and the world.” Millies studied political theory at The Catholic University of America, completing his degree with a study of religion in British statesman Edmund Burke’s political ideas.  Before coming to CTU, he was associate professor of political science at the University of South Carolina Aiken where he held the J. Strom Thurmond Endowed Chair in Political Science. Millies is a member of several learned societies, including the Association for Political Theory, the Catholic Theological Society of America, and the Society of Christian Ethics.  As well, he participates in the International Thomas Merton Society, the Eric Voegelin Society, and he is the secretary for the Edmund Burke Society of America.  His book, Joseph Bernardin: Seeking Common Ground (Liturgical Press, 2016), won first place in the biography category for the Catholic Press Association’s 2017 Book Awards, and he has contributed to several periodicals and journals that include AmericaCommonweal, and the National Catholic Reporter, and he writes a monthly online column for U.S. Catholic magazine.  His most recent book, Good Intentions:  A History of Catholic Voters’ Road from Roe to Trump, was published by Liturgical Press in 2018.

MemberSarah M Dreller, PhD

I am currently the project researcher for the Society of Architectural Historian’s SAH Data Project. The study is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through June 30, 2021. My employment after that has not been determined and I am open to actionable recommendations. As an architectural historian and digital humanist, I specialize in the history of the built environment from the 1780s through the 1980s. I also have an award-wining professional background managing project budgets and teams as well as a demonstrable record of proactive equity-focused decision-making. I am a qualified Architectural Historian under the United States Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards 36 CFR Appendix A to Part 61(c). As a public service to my community, I am a member of the City of Evanston’s Preservation Commission. Read/listen to me discuss how I have used the Humanities Commons platform to share my research and connect with other humanists: HC User Spotlight: Sarah M. Dreller. Meanwhile, I own a landmarked farmhouse and spend much of my free time trying to make careful stewardship decisions about the building and its related landscape. I also enjoy being active outside and discovering creative combinations of art and science. I am determined to attend NASA Space Camp one day.