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Dr Eloise Davies

MA, MPhil, PhD (Cantab)

I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge (Peterhouse) in 2021, following an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History and a BA in History, also from Cambridge.

After my PhD, I took up a College Lectureship in History at Pembroke College, University of Oxford. In September 2022, I joined Oriel as Departmental Lecturer in Political Theory.

My role at Oriel involves directing studies in Politics and convening the paper ‘Political Thought: Plato to Rousseau’, covering for Professor Teresa Bejan (on leave September 2022 to August 2024).

Research Interests

I am a historian of political thought, with a particular interest in the relationship between politics and religion in the period c. 1350–1700.

The main focus of my research is seventeenth-century England and Venice, two maritime empires which became focal points for European debate about sovereignty and Church–State relations in the wake of the Reformation. I am currently preparing a monograph on the significance of Anglo-Venetian relations for European politics and political thought (provisional title: The Venetian Connection: England, Venice and Stuart Religious Politics, 1603–1714).

I am also interested in medieval political thought, especially the political uses of caritas theology in the works of the fourteenth-century saint and mystic Catherine of Siena and her milieu.


For a full publication list, see my DPIR profile.