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Daniel S. Allemann

Daniel S. Allemann

PhD Candidate

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 intricate status of slaves between object and agent, and how thinking about slavery sheds new light on broader issues such as morality and global trade, the nexus of religion and 'human rights,' and the boundaries of the political.

My wider interests include early modern history, (intellectual) histories of empire, the intersection between cultural and intellectual history, the early history of international law, and global approaches to 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.



Part I, Paper 19 / POL7: History of Political Thought to c.1700

Part II, Paper 6: States between States

Historical Argument and Practice: Global and Transnational History

I have also taught on the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History.


Other Professional Activities

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

Digital Communications Coordinator for the Political Thought and Intellectual History subject group (since 2017).

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

Key Publications

  • 'Empire and the Right to Preach the Gospel in the School of Salamanca, 1535-60,' The Historical Journal (first view online). (Available here)
  • (ed. and introduction, with Anton Jäger and Valentina Mann) Conceptions of Space in Intellectual History, special issue of Global Intellectual History, 3.2 (2018). (Available here)

Other Publications

  • 'Revisiting the Early History of International Law,' History of European Ideas, 44.1 (2018), pp. 143-6. (Available here)
  • 'Intellectual Histories of Empire,' H-Soz-Kult, 2 August 2016. (Available here)
  • ‘Spreading the Faith to American Indians: Alfonso de Castro’s Call for Amerindian Education in the Context of the Second Scholastic,’ The School of Salamanca Working Paper Series, 5 (2015), 1-35. (Available here)