Madeleine Armstrong

PhD Student

I am a PhD candidate in Intellectual History at Trinity College, Cambridge, and a recipient of the Cambridge International Scholarship. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of St Andrews, where I was awarded the Alan Robertson Memorial Prize for the best undergraduate History dissertation (2017), and the Joint Honours Prize for the highest overall achievement of a History and English student. Before starting my PhD, I spent a year in Paris learning French at the Sorbonne and tutoring in English, which sparked a love of teaching and inspired me to pursue an academic career.

I study the family in eighteenth-century political thought in Britain and France. My research encompasses the impact of the French Revolution, the history of childhood, gender history, marriage and divorce law, and contract theory. I focus mainly on the works of Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

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