Areas of research supervision
I would be interested in supervising PhD work on topics in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century intellectual history.
I have particular expertise in the history of natural philosophy and the occult sciences (especially early modern matter theory, alchemy, magic, and the art of memory). I am also interested in general questions such as the formation of early-modern disciplines, the nature of early modern 'scientific' discourses, the relationship between religious beliefs and early modern 'science' or magic, etc.
I would also welcome applications relating to the philosophical poetry of the English Renaissance (George Chapman, Fulke Greville, John Davies), and to any aspect of Renaissance commentary literature and marginalia. Recent PhDs I have supervised have included: Robert Boyle and the Organisation of Knowledge in the Seventeenth Century; Alchemy, Magic and Cabala in Heinrich Khunrath’s Amphitheatrum Sapientiae Aeternae; Biblical exegesis and interpretative strategies in early modern literary culture, and The early modern utopia, 1516–1650.