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Daniel S. Allemann

Daniel S. Allemann

PhD Candidate

Graduate Assistant of The Historical Journal

Gonville & Caius College
Trinity Street


I work in the history of early modern political thought and culture. My PhD reconstructs Spanish and Portuguese visions of slavery and empire in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It explores how scholastic theologians, canon lawyers, and jurists conceived the intricate status of slaves between object and agent, and how debates about slavery shed new light on broader questions about human rights, global trade, empire, and the boundaries of the political.

My wider interests include the histories of empire and colonialism, the intersection between cultural and intellectual history, the 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. From October to December 2018, I was a visiting student at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt.


I teach and supervise for the following papers:

  • HAP: Global History
  • Part II, Paper 6: States between States
  • Part I, Paper 19 / POL7: History of Political Thought to c.1700

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, which introduces intellectual historians and their work to everyone with an interest in history and politics.

Graduate Assistant of The Historical Journal (since October 2018).

Digital Communications Coordinator for the Political Thought and Intellectual History subject group (2017-19).

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

Key Publications

Other Publications