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Daniel S. Allemann

Daniel S. Allemann

PhD Candidate

Digital Communications Coordinator

Gonville & Caius College
Trinity Street


I work on slavery and empire in the thought of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish scholastic theologians and jurists. I am particularly interested in how these Castilian intellectuals conceived the legal, political, and moral status of slaves and how thinking about servitude relates to broader issues of morality and rights in the context of wars, empire, and an emerging global trade with 'human commodities.'

My broader interests include early modern history, the history of political thought from Aristotle to Hobbes, the relationship and intersection between cultural and intellectual history, as well as theory and methodology in the study of history.

I hold a BA and MA in History and English Literature & Language from the University of Basel, and an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of Cambridge.



POL7 / Paper 19: The History of Political Thought to c.1700

Paper 6: States between States: The History of International Political Thought from the Roman Empire to the Early Nineteenth Century

Historical Argument and Practice: Global and Transnational History

I have also taught two sessions for the 'Methods Class' of the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History (with Dr Annabel Brett and Charlotte Johann)


Other Professional Activities

Digital Communications Coordinator for the Political Thought and Intellectual History subject group.

Co-founder and convener of Interventions: The Intellectual History Podcast, a podcast series that brings intellectual history to the public.

Convener of the Graduate Workshop in Political Thought and Intellectual History for the academic year 2016-17 (with Anton Jäger).

Key Publications

Edited volumes

Daniel Allemann, Anton Jäger, and Valentina Mann (eds), Conceptions of Space in Intellectual History, special issue of Global Intellectual History (forthcoming)

Reviews articles & book reviews

"Revisiting the Early History of International Law," History of European Ideas, 44.1 (2018), pp. 143-6.

"Intellectual Histories of Empire," H-Soz-Kult, 2 August 2016.