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James Morris


After graduating with a double-starred first in History from Emmanuel, I spent a year as a visiting scholar at Harvard before returning to study for the MPhil in Historical Studies with Peter Mandler. Since then, I’ve worked variously as a private tutor, a ghostwriter, a security guard, carpenter, follow-spot operator for a drag cabaret, and performed with the National Ballet of Canada and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. I returned to Cambridge in 2016 to pursue a Ph.D with Chris Clark.

Research Interests

My doctoral research concerns the 1848 revolutions in Wallachia and Moldavia, which were then known as the Danubian Principalities, and are today part of Romania. My thesis situates these revolutions in the context of the European revolutionary moment, exploring how their participants conceived of themselves within an (explicitly) European civilization, and how they understood the connected concepts of liberty and property, as well as examining the broader geopolitical circumstances of the revolution and what that meant for their failure.


I supervise for Paper 17 of Part I of the Historical Tripos and in 2018/19 will be contributing classes and lectures to the special subject paper and MPhil options on the 1848 revolutions. I am also available to lead classes and take supervisions in HAP on Images and Nations & States.