Quentin Skinner Lectureship


In 2009 the Faculty of History received funding from the International Balzan Prize Foundation to establish an annual Lecture in modern intellectual history since c. 1500. The Balzan-Skinner scholar held a Visiting Fellowship at CRASSH  for one term during the academic year. He/she presented the Balzan-Skinner lecture and participated in the related symposium during the academic year of attendance. Since 2016 this fellowship has been known as the Quentin Skinner Lectureship in Intellectual History since c1500.  Like the Balzan-Skinner scholar, the Quentin Skinner fellow holds a Visiting Fellowship at CRASSH for one term, presents the Quentin Skinner lecture, and organises and participates in the related symposium.

The  Quentin Skinner Fellow for 2019 – 2020, Dr Isaac Nakhimovsky (Yale University) was expected to be in Cambridge in Easter Term 2020 to present  his lecture, 'The Most Liberal of all Ideas': The Holy Alliance and the History of Global Order. Due to COVID-19 this event had to be postponed. We had hoped to have Dr Nakhimovsky at CRASSH in Easter term 2021 instead. However,  ongoing difficulties caused by the pandemic means that this visit also has had to be postponed.  We hope to welcome him to CRASSH in the future. 

For all enquiries please contact fellowships@crassh.cam.ac.uk.  


Fellows and Lectures

Professor Katrina Forrester (Harvard) was appointed the Quentin Skinner Fellow for 2020-21. However, due to the pandemic Professor Forrester will now come to Cambridge during 2021-22 and deliver the annual lecture then. A competition to appoint a Fellow for 2022-23 will open in autumn 2021. 

Quentin Skinner Fellows

2020 – 2021 (Deferred from 2019-20 due to the pandemic and now deferred again to 2021-22)
Dr Isaac Nakhimovsky (Yale University)
'The Most Liberal of all Ideas': The Holy Alliance and the History of Global Order

2018 – 2019
Dr Emma Hunter (University of Edinburgh)
Rethinking Liberties in Twentieth-Century Africa

2017 – 2018
Dr Avi Lifschitz (UCL)
Philosophy and Political Agency in the Writings of Frederick II of Prussia.

2016 – 2017
Dr Sophie Smith (University of Oxford)
The Nature of Politics


Balzan Skinner Fellows

2015 – 2016
Dr Teresa M Bejan (University of Oxford)
Acknowledging Equality

2014 – 2015
Dr Anna Becker (University of Basel)
Gender in the history of  early modern political thought

2013 – 2014
Dr Karuna Mantena (Yale University)
Gandhi's Realism: Means and Ends in Politics

2012 – 2013
Dr Gabriel Paquette  (The Johns Hopkins University)
Romantic Liberalism in Southern Europe, c 1820-1850

2011 – 2012
Dr Tim Stanton (University of York)
John Locke and the Fable of Liberalism

2010 – 2011
Dr Joel Isaac (Queen Mary, University of London)
Analytic Philosophy in Britain and America: the Forging of a Tradition

2009 – 2010
Dr Hannah Dawson (University of Edinburgh)
Normativity of Nature