Dr Stephanie Conway

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My main research interests lie in the fields of the history of political thought and political economy in the 19th and early 20th century. My work to date has concentrated on 19th century intellectual history with a particular emphasis on the political thought of John Stuart Mill. My work broadly investigates theories of liberty in the 19th century, how they relate to their intellectual and political contexts and their contributions to contemporary debate.

I completed a PhD in History at Royal Holloway in 2019, supervised by Gregory Claeys. My research focused on the reception of Mill's political thought from 1831-1900, with particular focus on his essay On Liberty. My work explored the reception of Mill's ideas on liberty after almost seventy years of engagement, absorption and dismissal and how his critics responded to theories of progress, sovereignty and the state.

I hold a BA (Hons) in History from Royal Holloway (2011-2014) and an MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History from Queen Mary and UCL (2014-2015). I started a PhD in History at Royal Holloway in October 2015, submitting my thesis in September 2018, passing my viva in January 2019.

I have been a co-organiser of the London Graduate Conference in the History of Political Thought (2015-2019), as well as serving as a committee member of the London Early Careers Seminar for the History of Political Ideas (2015-2019).

I have spoken widely on my research, including papers at the University of Cambridge, UCL, St Andrews and Queen Mary.

I have previously worked at Royal Holloway in the Department of History followed by a post at King's College London in the Department of Political Economy. Since February 2019 (to September 2019), I convene the seminars for the University of London's Worldwide BA History programme.

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