On this page you can find a summary of my academic research, including my current projects, affiliations, and activities as a historian. I am very happy to hear from prospective collaborators regarding research inquiries, grant applications, publications, and workshop projects.

Research interests

My academic research and interests span the following fields:

• History of political economy, colonialism, and slavery
• History of science, medicine, and religion (1500-1900)
• Natural science and environmental history
• History of the body, race, and sexuality
• History of literature and satire
• European, Atlantic, and Nordic history

Research projects

I am currently focusing on two projects:
• I am working on a monograph investigating the links between political economy and colonialism in Sweden, 1700-1815. This monograph builds on my previous research on natural science, religion, and political economy in northern Europe. My publications in this area range from the history of Swedish imperial science (Etudes Germaniques, 2021) to debates over colonisation, race, and slavery (Intellectual History Review, 2023), sexuality, population, and entomology (Revue de Synthèse, 2024), and the links between Linnaean science and race (forthcoming, 2025).
• I am also working on a new biography of the Swedish parliamentarian, philosopher and mystic theologian Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). I have written and lectured about various aspects of Swedenborg's life and thought (most recently in Politica Hermetica, 2023) and I have a broader interest in currents related to his ideas and posterity.
In my previous research, I wrote on the history of astronomy and literature. I have published on the links between cosmology, the afterlife, and the plurality of worlds (Annals of Science, 2020) extending to travelogues and satire. My article on the subject has become one of the most-read in the Annals of Science, and I have written a popular blogpost on this research for the Voltaire Foundation at the University of Oxford (2023, see Publications).
Affiliations and career
I am currently a European research council postdoctoral researcher at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. There, I am working on the links between political economy and colonial expansion in Sweden, within the ERC-Consolidator project De-centering eighteenth century political economy: rethinking growth, wealth, and welfare in the Swedish Empire led by Prof. Ere Nokkala.

I am also an associate researcher at the Oxford Faculty of History, an elected Associate Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of the international research group War Losses and Casualties, which brings together historians of war, medicine, and the body.

Before joining Jyväskylä, I was the Hagströmer Fellow 2023 at the Hagströmer Library at Karolinska Institutet. During my time there, I also taught history as a lecturer at the University of Stockholm. Previously, I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Oxford Humanities Division, funded by the British Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

I've been the recipient of several funded short term research fellowships, most notably at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California (2019), the Fondazione Cini in Venice, Italy (2019), the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences (2022), and at the University of Amsterdam (2023).

Having trained in France, Italy, Denmark and the UK while undertaking research fellowships and residencies in the US, Italy, the Netherlands, and Sweden, I am particularly enthusiastic about bringing a diverse network of contacts and collaborators to expand the reach and research leadership of the faculties I work with.

Research activities

I have extensive experience in convening research activities, presenting research, and academic fundraising. Highlights since 2017 include:

• 32 prizes and awards, including 3 major doctoral awards, and 5 competitive research fellowships
• £104,000+ raised in research funds (total non-indexed value)
• 30 academic talks across 7 countries and 15 universities, including most notably at the Sorbonne, the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS Ulm), the Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art (INHA), the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick, Queen Mary Belfast, Bryn Athyn PA, GTU Berkeley CA, Amsterdam, Lund, Stockholm, Uppsala, and the Royal Polytechnic Institute (KTH).
 • Speaker of the Swedenborg's 250th anniversary lectures at the Swedenborg Scandinavian Society and the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.

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