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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


PhD student

College: St Edmund's
Supervisor: Dániel Margócsy, Simon Schaffer (advisor)
Thesis title: Globalising China: Jesuits, Eurasian Exchanges, and the Making of Modern Sciences

Globalising China explores the Jesuit China mission’s impact on the sciences in early modern Europe. I'm particularly interested in understanding the political and theological role assumed by astronomy in Jesuit-Chinese interactions, and its impact on other areas of transcultural knowledge exchange. During Michaelmas Term 2021, I led the research project 'Of Soils and Stars: Jesuit Perceptions of Chinese Agricultural Practices through Calendrical Construction' at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, investigating how Jesuit missionaries and, later, Enlightened European agrarian reformists made sense of the connections between agriculture and astronomy in late Ming and early Qing China.

In Easter Term 2021, I am undertaking two research projects. The first, 'Capitalism and Cartography at the Cape Colony', hosted by the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities in Utrecht, probes how early modern Dutch capitalism shaped cartographic depictions of the Cape of Good Hope. The second, 'Written in the Stars? Chinese Astronomy, Chronology, and the Royal Society', hosted by the Royal Society (funded by a Lisa Jardine Grant), investigates eighteenth-century debates between British orientalists and French savants about the credibility of ancient Chinese astronomical observations as evidence to reconstruct historical events and calibrate disparate chronologies.




Peer-reviewed articles

"Astronomical Chronology, the Jesuit China Mission, and Enlightenment History," Journal of the History of Ideas (forthcoming).

"Rethinking the Rites Controversy: Kilian Stumpf's Acta Pekinensia and the Historical Dimensions of a Religious Quarrel," Modern Intellectual History, 19.1 (2022), 29-53.

"Galenizing the New World: Joseph-François Lafitau's "Galenization" of Canadian Ginseng, ca 1716-1724," Notes and Records: The Royal Society journal of the history of science, 75.1 (2021), 59-72.


"William Beinart and Saul Dubow, The Scientific Imagination in South Africa: 1700 to the present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021. pp. 406. ISBN 978-1-1089-3819-8. £64.99 (hardback)," British Journal for the History of Science, 57.1 (2022), 121-122.

"Starry Messengers," (with Dániel Margócsy) Isis, 113.1 (2022), 162-164.

"Translation at Work: Chinese Medicine in the First Global Age, by Harold J. Cook, ed.," Nuncius, 37.1 (2022), 231-233.

"Pratik Chakrabarti, Inscriptions of Nature: Geology and the Naturalization of Antiquity Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020. Pp. 280. ISBN: 987-1-4214-3874-0. $54.95 (hardback)," The British Journal for the History of Science, 54.1 (2021), 118-120.

Public Engagement articles

"Hidden Figures: The Erasure of Scientific Labour and the Hope of Decolonisation" (with Rory Kent and Swathi Manivannan), BlueSci FOCUS Article, Michaelmas 2021, pp. 16-21.



I'm currently supervising HPS Part II Paper 2: "Modern Science and Technology in East Asia" (Lent 2022).

I supervised HPS Part II Paper 1: "Early Modern Natural Knowledge" (Michaelmas 2020) and "Early Medicine," "Early Chinese Medicine," "Visual and Material Culture," and "Early Modern and Enlightenment Medicine and Natural History" (2020-21).


Selected Talks and Presentations

Invited panellist, 'The History of Science and the 'Big Picture''Global History and Culture Centre Annual Conference, University of Warwick, June 2022.

Invited lecturer, 'The Global Origins of the Sciences' University of Cambridge HE+ Outreach Program.

'Philology, Astronomy, or Archaeology? The Interaction of Different Disciplines in the Discovery of Distant Chinese Antiquity' at Scientiae 2021, June 2021.

'Knowledges of Geography and Geographies of Knowledge: Martino Martini's Novus Atlas Sinensis and the Emergence of Mathematical Cosmography' at the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science Annual Conference 2021, June 2021.

'Race, Luxury, and Orientalism in Voltaire's Enlightenment' at the Cambridge Histories of Race Graduate Workshop, May 2021.

Credibility in Circulation (session organiser) at the History of Science Society Virtual Forum 2020 (Online), October 2020.

'Archaeology, Astronomy, or Hermeneutics? The Jesuit China mission and different ways of knowing the deep past in Europe' at the 9th European Society for the History of Science Conference: Visual, Material and Sensory Cultures of Science (Online), August-September 2020.

'Monuments, hermeneutics, or astronomy? The Jesuit China mission and the invention of "philosophical history"' at the BSHS Global Digital History of Science Festival (Online: click here to watch), July 2020.

'Galenising the New World' at the British Society for the History of Science Twitter Conference #BSHSGlobalHist, February 2020.

'Retracing the associations between depictions of astrologers in sixteenth-century printed books' (poster presentation) at Institutions and book market during the Early Modern period: between regulation and promotion, February 2020, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain.

'Writers of the Lost Ark: Catholic Historiographies of Science in the Chinese Rites Controversy, c. 1640-1742' at the European Society for the History of Science 1st Young Scholar Conference on 'Transcultural Knowledge', September 2019, l'Observatoire de Paris, Paris, France.

'Pas si candide, M. Voltaire: an examination of the Ezourvedam's role in shaping theories of human genesis, 1760-1799' at the 14th Forum: Literature and Science History, July 2019, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, Germany.


Other Professional Affiliations

Visiting Predoctoral Fellowship, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany, Michaelmas Term 2021.

Junior Fellow, Descartes Centre, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, Easter Term 2022.

Early Career Member of the Royal Historical Society, elected November 2020.


Awards and Prizes

Lisa Jardine Award of the Royal Society, 2021

Jacob Bronowski Prize for Part II History and Philosophy of Science, 2018

Bateman Scholarship, Trinity Hall, 2018

School of Humanities and Social Sciences PhD Studentship

early modern history
science in a global context
Chinese-European cultural exchange
postcolonial history