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Jonathan Simon Nathan

Jonathan Simon Nathan

PhD candidate, Intellectual History from 1500–1800

Jonathan Nathan is available for consultancy.

Trinity Hall
Cambridge CB2 1TJ


I am at the beginning of my doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge. I was an undergraduate  at the University of Chicago  from 2011–15, with a stint in Rome at the Accademia Vivarium Novum in the academic year 2013–14. In 2015, I came to Cambridge for an MPhil in Early Modern History.

Research Interests

Under the supervision of Scott Mandelbrote, I am researching a set of atheist (or purportedly atheist) books that circulated throughout continental Europe, especially France and the Dutch Republic. I hope to revise our historical understanding of atheism in the period immediately before the Enlightenment.

I am also looking into "Benefactors' Books", which were donor registers kept by Cambridge and Oxford colleges in the seventeenth century. Some of the work I have done in this area has been published on the Cambridge Digital Library, and is available here.

Other Professional Activities

As part of the effort to catalogue Pembroke College's medieval manuscripts, I have been appointed to re-foliate them.


  • Early Modern History