School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU



Tel: 0191 208 6698

Email: Rachel.Hammersley@ncl.ac.uk






2008- Senior Lecturer in Intellectual History, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University

2004-2008 Lecturer in History, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University

2002-2004 Leverhulme Special Research Fellow, University of Sussex

2001-2002 Lecturer in Intellectual History, University of Sussex

1997-2001 Part-time tutor, University of Sussex




2001 DPhil in History, University of Sussex

1997 MA in Intellectual History (distinction), University of Sussex

1996 BA (hons) in History, King’s College, University of Cambridge


Languages: English (mother tongue), French (good)






The English Republican Tradition and Eighteenth-Century France: Between the Ancients and the Moderns (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010, paperback edition 2016)


French Revolutionaries and English Republicans: The Cordeliers Club, 1790-1794 (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2005, paperback edition 2011)

Edited Collections


Textual Moments in Revolutionary Thought (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015)


Book Contracts


'Republicanism: An Introduction' with Polity Press, due for submission in 2018.

'James Harrington: An Intellectual Biography', with Oxford University Press, due for submission in 2018.



Journal Articles


'Concepts of Citizenship in France during the long eighteenth century', European Review of History - Revue européenne d'histoire, 22:3 (2015), pp. 468-485


‘Rethinking the Political Thought of James Harrington: Royalism, Republicanism and Democracy’, History of European Ideas, 39:3 (2013), pp. 354-370


‘Harringtonian Republicanism, Democracy and the French Revolution’, La Révolution française: cahiers de l’Institut d’histoire de la Révolution française, 5 (2013), http://lrf.revues.org/947


‘Introduction: The Historiography of Republicanism and Republican Exchanges’, in R. Hammersley ed., Special Issue on Republican Exchanges, c.1550-c.1850, History of European Ideas 83:3 (2012), pp. 323-337


The Commonwealth of Oceana de James Harrington: un modèle pour la France revolutionnaire’, Annales historiques de la Révolution française (2005) No. 4, pp. 3-20


‘From Constitution-Builders to Radical Democrats: Neo-Harringtonians in Eighteenth-Century America and France’, 1650-1850: Ideas Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era, Volume 11 (2005), pp. 315-343


‘Jean-Paul Marat’s The Chains of Slavery in Britain and France, 1774-1833’, The Historical Journal, 48:3 (2005), pp. 641-660


‘English Republicanism in Revolutionary France: The Case of the Cordelier Club’, Journal of British Studies, 43 (2004), pp. 464-481


’Camille Desmoulins’s Le Vieux Cordelier: A Link Between English and French Republicanism’, History of European Ideas, 27 (2001), pp. 115-132


Book Chapters


'James Harrington, The Commonwealth of Oceana and a Revolution in the Language of Politics', in R. Hammersley (ed.), Revolutionary Moments: Reading Revolutionary Texts (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015), pp. 19-26


'Spence's Property in Land Every One's Right: Problems and Solutions', in Thomas Spence: The Poor Man's Revolutionary, ed. A. Bonnett and K. Armstrong (London: Breviary Stuff, 2014)


'The Harringtonian Legacy in Britain and France', in G. Mahlberg and D. Wiemann (eds), European Contexts for English Republicanism (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), pp. 197-210.


‘James Harrington’s The Commonwealth of Oceana and the Republican Tradition’, in Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution, ed. L. Lunger Knoppers (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)


‘The “Real Whig”-Huguenot network and the English Republican Tradition’, in Cultural Transfers: France and Britain in the long eighteenth century, ed. A. Thomson et al (Oxford: Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, 2010), pp. 19-32.


‘An Eighteenth-Century French Commonwealthman? Exploring the Context of the Chevalier d’Eon’s Translation of Marchamont Nedham’s The Excellencie of a Free State’, in Chevalier D’Eon and his Worlds: Gender, Espionage and Politics in the Eighteenth Century, ed. S. Burrows, J. Conlin, R. Goulbourne and V. Mainz (Continuum, 2010), pp. 215-228.


‘La France contre l’Angleterre, tout contre, ou lire les texts des républicains anglais au temps du Directoire’, in Républiques soeurs – Le Directoire et la Révolution atlantique, ed. P. Serna (Rennes: Presses Universitaire de Rennes, 2009)


‘English Republicanism and the French Revolution: The Case of Jean-Jacques Rutlidge’, Confluences XVII, ed. E. Tuttle (Paris: Université de Paris X – Nanterre, 2000), pp. 169-183




Reviews for a range of journals including Times Literary Supplement, The History of European Ideas, American Historical Review, French Studies, Eighteenth-Century Studies.





2013- Amy Shields (full time) 'Republicanism in a European Context: The Influence of the Dutch and Venetian Republics on Seventeenth-Century English Thought'

2013- Emily Mitchelson (part time) 'Agrarian Land Law and the Commonwealth Tradition'

2013- Sam Petty (part time) '"That Colonies have their Warrant from God"' - English Protestant thought and theories of colonisation in the seventeenth century'.

2015- Tom Whitfield (full time) 'An Archaeological Analysis of Eighteenth-Century Popular Protest and Civil Unrest in Britain'

2016-  Meg Kobza (full time) 'Ulterior Identities: Anonymity in the London and Transatlantic Public Spheres'



October 2017- May 2018     British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship





Book manuscripts:Brill, Ashgate, Manchester University Press, Bloomsbury

Journal articles: The Historical Journal, History of European Ideas, French History, Journal of British Studies, Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies, European Journal of Political Theory

Grant applications:  Leverhulme Trust





2016- Member of the International Editorial Board for the journal Global Intellectual History.

2014- Member of the International Board for the Institute of Intellectual History, based at St Andrews University.

2011- Member of the Editorial Board for the journal History of European Ideas

2011-2015 Co-editor of the History section of the online International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences

2007-2015 Member of the Editorial board for the Royal Historical Society’s Studies in History series.





  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • Member of the Society for the Study of French History





  • Society for the Study of French History, annual conference, June 2010
  • ‘Republican Exchanges, 1550-1850’, July 2009




  • 'Political Thought in Times of Crisis, 1640-1660', Folger Institute Center for the History of British Political Thought, Washington, USA, 1-3 December 2016
  • History of Political Thought Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research 19 October 2016
  • James H. Burns Memorial Lecture at the St Andrews Institute of Intellectual History, 13 September 2016
  • Roundtable on Richard Bourke's The Political Life of Edmund Burke, Institute of Historical Research, 13 January, 2016
  • 'The Magna Carta, Liberty, and History, Runneymede, 11-14 June 2015
  • Early Modern Intellectual History Conference, Newcastle University, Keynote Speaker, 18-19 July, 2015
  • Early Modern Studies Conference, Reading University, UK,  9-11 July, 2013
  • Séminaire franco-britannique d’histoire, Maison de la Recherche, université Paris 4-Sorbonne, Paris, France, 21 March 2013
  • ‘Le républicanisme anglais et son influence dans la révolution française’, Aix-en-Provence, France, 25-26 May 2012
  • ‘English Republican Ideas and Networks in C17th and C18th Europe’, University of Potsdam, Germany, 30 June-2 July 2011
  • ‘The Comparative History of Political Engagement in Western and African Societies: Activism and Mobilisation, University of Sheffield, UK, 27-28 June 2011
  • ‘Dutch Conceptual History in Comparative and International Perspectives’, IEU, Florence, Italy, 19-20 June 2008
  • Franco-British Political Thought Seminar, Manchester University, UK, 9 June 2008
  • ‘Networks and Practices of Political Exchange III: British Political Thought in an Age of Globalization, c.1750-1800’, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, USA, 10-12 April 2008
  • ‘“Républiques en miroir”: Le Directoire devant la Révolution atlantique: Modélisations, confrontations, interréciprocité des républiques naissantes’, Université Paris 1-Panthéon, Paris, France 25-26 January 2008
  • Work in Progress Seminar/Intellectual History Seminar, University of Sussex, 25 October 2007




  • Studio Guest on the BBC Radio 4 series 'Making History' discussing Thomas Spence, the 1745 Jacobite siege of Carlisle, and the 17th-century poltergeist the Tidworth Drummer, first aired 14 July 2015 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b061qw0v)
  • Interviewed for a short feature on French plans to invade Britain in the late eighteenth century for an episode of the BBC Radio 4 series ‘Making History’ (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00v1q41)
  • One of several ‘talking heads’ in an episode of the BBC Radio 3 series ‘Ideas the British Version’ which was concerned with Montesquieu and the separation of powers. First broadcast October 2009 and repeated July 2010.
  • Podcast on the English Revolution for http://www.thehistoryfaculty.org
  • R. Hammersley, ‘Lessons from the land of Liberty’, History Today, 61:10 (October 2011), pp. 18-21





2012-2015 Head of History, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University

2011- HASS representative on the Library Advisory Group, Newcastle University

2009-2012 Member of the Faculty Research Steering Group, Newcastle University

2007-2010 Co-ordinator of the History Research Seminar, Newcastle University

2006- Founder member and co-ordinator of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Research Group, Newcastle University

2006-2009 Member of the University Teaching and Learning Panel for the approval of new programmes and internal subject reviews, Newcastle University

2005-2008 Degree Programme Director for BA Politics and History, Newcastle University