Executive Committee

Select members of the Society serve on an Executive Committee responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the ISH and its day-to-day governance.

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Sarah Hutton 

President of the Society

University of York and Aberystwyth University

Sarah Hutton is Honorary Visiting Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of York, and Professor Emeritus of Aberystwyth University. She studied at New Hall, Cambridge, and the Warburg Institute, University of London. The main focus of her research is in early modern intellectual history, where her interests extend from history of philosophy, to the history of science, the history of medicine, and seventeenth-century literature. She has long been interested in the Cambridge Platonists and has pioneered research on women in early modern philosophy and science. Her principal publications are British Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century (OUP, 2015) and Anne Conway, a Woman Philosopher (CUP, 2004). Other publications include Women, Science and Medicine (with Lynette Hunter), Newton and Newtonianism (with James Force) (Kluwer, 2004), Studies on Locke (with Paul Schuurman) (Springer, 2008). She has also edited early modern texts: Richard Ward’s Life of Henry More (Kluwer, 2000), Ralph Cudworth, A Treatise Concerning Eternal and Immutable Morality (CUP 1996), and The Conway Letters, a revised edition of Marjorie Nicolson’s 1930 original (OUP, 1992). She is a founding member of the editorial boards of The British Journal of the History of Philosophy and Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy. She has served on the board of management of The Journal of the History of Philosophyand is advisor to such projects as Project Vox and New Narratives in the History of Philosophy. She was for 25 years director of International Archives of the History of Ideas.

Diego Lucci 

General Secretary

American University in Bulgaria

Diego Lucci is a Professor of Philosophy and History at the American University in Bulgaria and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He holds a PhD from the University of Naples Federico II and has also taught at Boston University and the University of Missouri St. Louis. He has held research fellowships at various institutions, including, among others, the University of Hamburg, Gladstone’s Library, and the Institute of Historical Research in London. He has lectured at a number of universities and institutes in Europe, the United States, and Australia. His research concentrates on the philosophy and intellectual history of the Age of Enlightenment, with a focus on English philosophical, political, and religious thought. He is the author of three books and over fifty journal articles and book chapters. He is also the co-editor of five volumes, among which are Atheism and Deism Revalued: Heterodox Religious Identities in Britain, 1650-1800 (Ashgate, 2014, with Wayne Hudson and Jeffrey R. Wigelsworth) and Philosophy, Religion, and Science in Seventeenth-Century England (special issue of the Journal of Early Modern Studies, vol. 11, no. 1, 2022, with Sorana Corneanu and Benjamin I. Goldberg). His first monograph is a study of the deists’ hermeneutics titled Scripture and Deism: The Biblical Criticism of the Eighteenth-Century British Deists (Lang, 2008). His most recent monograph is John Locke’s Christianity (Cambridge University Press, 2021), the first-ever comprehensive study of Locke’s religion. He has been the convener of various international conferences, including the 2017 Conference of the International Society for Intellectual History and the 2022 John Locke Conference, both held at the American University in Bulgaria.

Adam Sutcliffe 


King’s College London

Adam Sutcliffe is Reader in European History at King’s College London, where he contributes to several MA programmes as well as to the intercollegiate University of London MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History. He has a long-standing interest in Spinoza and his influence, and is currently working primarily on religious difference and radical politics in western Europe in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and on the modern history of the idea of Jewish world historical purpose.  He is the author of Judaism and Enlightenment (CUP, 2003), and the co-editor, most recently, of Philosemitism in History (CUP, 2011), and of two volumes which should appear shortly: The Cambridge History of Judaism, volume VII: The Early Modern World, 1500-1815 (CUP), and History, Memory and Public Life: The Past in the Present (Routledge).

Michelle Pfeffer 

Communications Director

University of Oxford

Michelle Pfeffer is a Prize Fellow (JRF) at Magdalen College, Oxford and a Teaching Associate in the History Faculty at the University of Oxford. She was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at The University of Queensland, Australia. Her research explores the history of science, medicine, and religion in early modern Europe. Her PhD, awarded in May 2020, examined the lives and works of a series of lay people who denied the immortality of the soul in early modern England. She is currently working on the marginalization of astrology across the early modern period and on the history of forecasting. With the anthropologist David Zeitlyn, she is curating a major exhibition at the Bodleian Library (opening late 2024) on the practice of divination and astrology throughout history and across the globe.

Rodolfo Garau

Communications Director

University of Hamburg

Rodolfo Garau is a Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at the Institute for Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Hamburg. He was previously a postdoctoral fellow at several institutions, including the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and Humboldt University of Berlin. More recently, Garau was an assistant professor (RTD-a) at the University Ca’ Foscari, Venice. His research interests focus on the history of philosophy, science, and the intellectual history of the early modern period. In particular, he has explored the history of the concept of conatus in the early modern period; the birth of empiricist epistemology with special attention to the figure of Gassendi. His latest research is dedicated to the history of cosmological debates in Catholic confessional contexts of the early modern period, and to the phenomenon of the marginalization of astrology from educational contexts between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Elias Buchetmann 

Early Career Representative

University of Rostock

Elias Buchetmann is Research Associate and Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Rostock. His first book Hegel and the Representative Constitution (Cambridge, 2023) reconstructs early nineteenth-century constitutional debates from a wide range of previously neglected source material and situates G.W.F. Hegel’s political thought in its immediate cultural and political context. His latest research pursues the cross-cultural history of women’s political thinking around 1800, focusing on radical thought and gender discourse between Britain and Germany. He studied at Oxford and London, taught European Studies at Maastricht University, received his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Klassik Stiftung Weimar and the Gotha Research Centre of Erfurt University. He has published peer-reviewed articles in Hegel-Studien and History of European Ideas and convenes the ISIH online seminar Women in Intellectual History.

Thomas Ahnert 

Editor, Intellectual History Review 

University of Edinburgh

Thomas Ahnert is Professor of Intellectual History at the University of Edinburgh. He has published mainly on German and British, in particular Scottish, intellectual history from the seventeenth to the early nineteenth century. His first monograph was a study of the jurist and philosopher Christian Thomasius, Religion and the Origins of the German Enlightenment. Faith and the Reform of Learning in the Thought of Christian Thomasius (2006). This was followed in 2014 by a book on The Moral Culture of the Scottish Enlightenment, 1690 – 1805. With the late Susan Manning he co-edited a volume of essays on Character, Self and Sociability in the Scottish Enlightenment (2011), which was a product of a collaborative research project, directed by Susan Manning and Nicholas Phillipson, on the Science of Man in the Scottish Enlightenment. He has also translated and edited several seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century texts on natural law, including Thomasius’s Institutes of Divine Jurisprudence, with Selections from Foundations of the Law of Nature and Nations (2011). His current projects are a study of Newtonianism in the German lands from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth century, and a new history of the Scottish Enlightenment.

James A. T. Lancaster 

Editor, Intellectual History Review 

University of Queensland

Dr James A. T. Lancaster is an intellectual historian who received his PhD from the Warburg Institute, University of London. He is presently Lecturer in Studies in Western Religious Traditions in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry. Previously, he was a UQ Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Queensland. As a member of the Editorial Board of the Oxford Francis Bacon critical edition, he has published widely on the philosophical and religious thought of Francis Bacon. His research and teaching interests and experience include the history of science and religion, the history of atheism and irreligion, and the history of the psychology of religion.

Richard Oosterhoff

Editor, Intellectual History Review 

University of Edinburgh

Richard Oosterhoff is senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, where he teaches early modern history and the history of knowledge. After a PhD at the University of Notre Dame, he took up a research position at CRASSH, University of Cambridge, where he was also a Fellow of St Edmund’s College. Dr Oosterhoff has published widely on early modern intellectual history. His first monograph was Making Mathematical Culture: University and Print in the Circle of Lefèvre d’Étaples (Oxford, 2018). One strand of research uses the lens of ingenuity to consider the intellectual and cultural frameworks of artisanal and artistic knowledge, which has led to a co-written monograph, Logodaedalus: Words Histories of Ingenuity in Early Modern Europe (Pittsburgh, 2018), and to an essay collection, Ingenuity in the Making: Matter and Technique in Early Modern Europe (Pittsburgh, 2021), co-edited with José Ramón Marcaida and Alexander Marr. More recently, Dr Oosterhoff has also been working on the history of knowledge in relation to early modern travel literature; with Anthony Ossa-Richardson he has translated Leo Africanus’ Cosmography and Geography of Africa, forthcoming with Penguin Classics in 2023.