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Dr Edward Cavanagh FRHistS

Dr Edward Cavanagh, FRHistS
Downing College
Regent Street



My undergraduate degrees come from the Australian National University and Swinburne University (2007-2010). I picked up a Master of Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand (2011), and then became the first Trillium Scholar to be hosted by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa (2012-2015). I am very much a product, therefore, of the Commonwealth. My global research questions have taken me across the world. I have held visiting fellowships at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, the National Library of Australia, Universität Basel's Institute for European Global Studies, and the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History. I have researched in archives and libraries in southern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, the United States of America, and elsewhere.


** From October 2019, I will no longer be based at the University of Cambridge. **

Subject groups/Research projects

Political Thought and Intellectual History:

Legal thought in the longue durée; British constitutional thought; empire.

World History:

Constitutional history of the British Empire-Commonwealth; European legal and political thought; imperialism and colonialism.

Departments and Institutes

Downing College:

Other Professional Activities

I am an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London.


  • Medieval British History
  • Modern British History
  • Early Modern History
  • International History
  • Imperial History