Dr Charlotte Johann

Junior Research Fellow (Churchill College)

I am a historian of modern Europe working at the intersection of political, legal and intellectual history. My research explores how visions of law impacted the theory and practice of politics in the long nineteenth century.

I completed my PhD in 2021. My dissertation explores the historical jurisprudence of the legal scholar Friedrich Carl von Savigny (1779-1861) and its role in shaping the legal politics of early nineteenth-century Germany. My postdoctoral project will investigate constructions of corporate personhood and their legal impact in Britain and Germany during the age of empire.

Before starting my PhD, I completed a bachelor’s degree in political science at the Free University in Berlin and an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History at Cambridge, for which I was awarded the Quentin Skinner Prize.



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‘Sovereignty and the Legal Legacies of Empire in Early Nineteenth-Century Prussia’, The Historical Journal, 64/4 (2021), pp. 963–987.

‘Law’s Histories in post-Napoleonic Germany’, in John Robertson (ed.): Political Thought, Time and History, Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).