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 Fellowship 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 present  his lecture, 'The Most Liberal of all Ideas': The Holy Alliance and the History of Global Order, on Thursday 4 June 2020. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 this event had to be cancelled and will now take place in June 2021. 


Fellows and Lectures

Quentin Skinner Fellows

2019 – 2020
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