Professor Jonathan Scott

BA (Hons) VUW, PhD Cambridge.

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Lecturer in European History, Victoria University of Wellington, 1987-88.

Lecturer in British History, Sheffield University, 1989-1991.

Fellow and Director of Studies in History, Downing College, Cambridge 1991-2002.

Carroll J. Amundson Professor of British History, University of Pittsburgh 2002-2009.

Research | Current

  • Seventeenth century British political and religious history.
  • Early modern European culture and ideas, including the history of political thought and of science (natural philosophy).
  • Environmental and maritime history.
  • Empire and travel writing.
  • New book in 2019: How the Old World Ended: the Anglo-Dutch-American Revolution, 1500-1800 (Yale UP, London, publication due Nov 7) 392 pp.
  • Current book project: London's Eye, 1660-1780: Inside the Mind of the First World City.

Teaching | Current

HISTORY 300 Thinking History: Approaches to the Past

HISTORY 711 Texts and Contexts

Postgraduate supervision

  • Catherine Balleriaux, Reformation strategies: civility, conversion and Utopia in Spanish, French and English missionary writings in America, 1590-1670, (PhD).
  • Louis Gerdelan, Vision, Rulership and Culture in early modern Italy, (MA).
  • Jake Pollock, Geographical CompassingLong-range Voyage Accounts and the Book in Restoration England, (PhD).
  • Victoria Brauer, Animals and Violence during Early Modern German Festivals 1500-1700 (MA)
  • Tristan Sullivan-Vaughan, Silius Titus and the Politics of the Exclusion Crisis (MA).
  • Georgie Craw, `A World beyond the waters': Maori travel in the Tasman World, 1793-1839' (MA), with Felicity Barnes
  • Sarah Lovatt, `Tangiers in the reign of Charles II ' BA (Hons).
  • Emma Zuroski, `Depths of Knowledge: the Voyage of the HMS Challenger and the Birth of Modern Science' (PhD).
  • Sasha Rasmussen `Huguenot immigration to London, 1675-85' BA (Hons).
  • Hal Thomas `Republicanism during the crisis of 1678-83' (MA).
  • Alistair Birchall, Joint Stock Companies and the English Financial Revolution (MA).
  • Jake Bransgrove, `Resurgam: Restoration, Fire, and London Political Space, 1660-1700' (MA).


  • Commonwealth Scholar 1982-5.
  • External Research Studentship, Trinity College, Cambridge, 1982-5.
  • Research Fellow, Magdalene College, Cambridge, 1986-8.
  • British Academy Research Reader, 2001-2.
  • Senior Visiting Fellow, University of Sydney, 2004.
  • Senior Visiting Fellow, Lichtenberg-Kolleg, University of Goettingen, December 2013.


Graduate Adviser, History (Phds and MAs).

Areas of expertise

  • Early modern British and European politics, culture and ideas.
  • Anglo-Dutch history.
  • Empire and travel writing.
  • Environmental and maritime history.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Scott, J. (2020). How the Old World Ended The Anglo-Dutch-American Revolution, 1500-1800. Pages: 392.
  • Scott, J. (2018). Wave after Wave. In F. Steel (Ed.) New Zealand and the sea: Historical Perspectives (pp. 308-319). Wellington, New Zealand: Bridget Willliams Books. 10.7810/9780947518707
  • Scott, J. (2016). Unfinished family business: Algernon Sidney's arguments with Henry Hammond, Sir William Temple, Henry Sidney, Charles II, and the public executioner. Seventeenth Century, 31 (4), 391-410. 10.1080/0268117X.2016.1244651
  • Scott, J. (2016). Good News From the Forest Floor : Review of Braddick, J. Michael, ed., The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution, 2015. H-Albion Related URL.
  • Scott, J. (2015). Algernon Sidney's life and works (1623-1683). In M. P. Hannay, M. G. Brennan, M. E. Lamb (Eds.) The Ashgate research companion to the Sidneys, 1500-1700 (pp. 151-167). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.
  • Scott, J. (2014). From English to British liberty, 1550-1800. European Review of History, 21 (1), 59-72. 10.1080/13507486.2013.875521
  • Scott, J. (2014). Maritime Orientalism, or, the political theory of water. History of Political Thought, 35 (1), 70-90. Related URL.
  • Scott, J. (2011). James Harrington's prescription for Healing and Settling. In M. J. Braddick, D. L. Smith (Eds.) The Experience of Revolution in Stuart Britain and Ireland (pp. 190-210). Cambridge Univ Pr.


Contact details

Primary office location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 7, Room 702
New Zealand

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