Executive Committee

Select members of the Society serve on an Executive Committee responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the ISIH and its day-to-day governance. Nominations are solicited from the membership by e-mail on an annual basis, and appointments are made by a four-strong elections and nominations subcommittee. Committee members are expected to serve a three-year term.


Michael Hunter (Birkbeck College, University of London)

Michael Hunter is Emeritus Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a Fellow of the British Academy. For many years his chief preoccupation was Robert Boyle: he is the principal editor of Boyle’s Works (with Edward B. Davis, 14 volumes, 1999-2000), Correspondence (with Antonio Clerucuzio and Lawrence M. Principe, 6 vols., 2001) and workdiaries (with Charles Littleton, available online). He is also the author of Boyle: Between God and Science (2009), which won both the Samuel Pepys Award and the Roy G. Neville Prize in 2011, while his Boyle Studies: Aspects of the Life and Thought of Robert Boyle will be published by Ashgate in 2015. His numerous other books deal with various aspects of seventeenth-century intellectual history, including the early Royal Society and its milieu. Currently, he is working on a full analysis of the frontispiece to Thomas Sprat’s History of the Royal Society (1667), a study which also reflects the concern with the visual culture of the period that led him to set up the website, British Printed Images to 1700. A further interest is in attitudes to magic in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, on which he has published various papers as well as The Occult Laboratory (2001), an edition of early accounts of second sight in Scotland.

General Secretary

Dana Jalobeanu (University of Bucharest)

JalobeanuDana Jalobeanu is Lecturer in philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy and director of programs at the research center Foundations of Modern Thought, University of Bucharest. She has studied Physics and Philosophy and has a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science. She is currently working on seventeenth century natural philosophy, with a special interest in Francis Bacon. She is the Romanian coordinator of a joint ERC grant run through Warburg Institute (London) and New Europe College (Bucharest), ‘Francis Bacon and the Medicine of the Mind’. Her publications include Dana Jalobeanu & Peter Anstey (eds), Vanishing Matter and the Laws of Nature: Descartes and Beyond (Routledge: London, 2011); ‘Experimental Philosophers and Doctors of the Mind: The Appropriation of a Philosophical Tradition’, in Vlad Alexandrescu & Robert Theis (eds), Naturel et surnaturel: Philosophies de la nature et metaphysique aux XVI-XVII siecles (Georg Olms Verlag: Hildesheim, 2010), 37-63; ‘The Fascination of Solomon’s House in Seventeenth-Century England’, in Vlad Alexandrescu (ed.), Branching Off: The Early Moderns in Quest of the Unity of Knowledge (Zeta Books: Bucharest, 2009); ‘Bacon’s Brotherhood and its Classical Sources’, in Francis Bacon and the Birth of Technology, edited by Claus Zittel, Gisela Engel, Romano Nanni, Intersections 11/(2008), Brill, vol I, 197-230; ‘Space, Bodies and Geometry: Some Sources of Newton’s Metaphysics’, in Notions of Space and Time, edited by Frank Linhardt, Zeitsprunge, Forschungen zur Fruher Neuzeit, Frankfurt, 11 (2007); ‘The Politics of Science and the Origins of Modernity: Building Consensus in Early Royal Society’, in Zeitsprunge, Forschungen zur Fruher Neuzeit, Frankfurt, 10 (2006), 386-400.

Communications Director

James A.T. Lancaster (Royal Holloway, London)

James A.T. Lancaster is an intellectual historian, who received his PhD from the Warburg Institute in London. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of History at Royal Holloway, where he is in the process of writing a book on the interrelation of religion and the natural world in the thought of Francis Bacon. In addition, as a board member of the Oxford Francis Bacon (OFB), James has been responsible for compiling the most comprehensive bibliography to date of both editions of the works of, and secondary sources on, Francis Bacon. His publications include: ‘The Semantic Structure of Evolutionary Biology as an Argument Against Intelligent Design’ in Zygon: The Journal of Religion and Science; ‘Natural Knowledge as a Propaedeutic to Self-Betterment: Francis Bacon and the Transformation of Natural History’ in Early Science and Medicine; and ‘Natural Histories of Religion: A (Baconian) “Science”?’ in Perspectives on Science. With Guido Giglioni, he has an edited volume, Motion and Power in Francis Bacon’s Philosophy, forthcoming in 2015.

Editors, Intellectual History Review (2007-)

Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London)

Dr Stephen Clucas is Reader in Early Modern Intellectual History at Birkbeck, University of London, where he teaches on the MA Renaissance Studies and MA Cultural and Critical Studies. He is currently working (together with Professor Timothy J. Raylor of Carleton College, Minnesota) on an edition of Thomas Hobbes’s De corpore, and associated manuscripts for the Clarendon Edition of the Works of Thomas Hobbes. His publications include Magic, Memory and Natural Philosophy in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, Variorum Collected Studies (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011); (ed.) with Valery Rees and Peter J. Forshaw, Laus Platonici Philosophi: Marsilio Ficino and his Influence (Leiden: Brill, 2011); and (ed.) John Dee: Interdisciplinary Studies in English Renaissance Thought, International Archives of the History of Ideas / Archives internationales d’histoire des idées, 193 (Dordrecht: Springer, 2006). He is the co-organizer (together with Dr Anthony Ossa-Richardson of Queen Mary, University of London) of EMPHASIS, a seminar on early modern philosophy and the history of science, held at the University of London, School of Advanced Study.

Stephen Gaukroger (University of Sydney)

Stephen Gaukroger is Professor of History of Philosophy and History of Science, and ARC Professorial Fellow, at the University of Sydney. He was educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge, and has written on many aspects of early-modern intellectual history, with occasional forays into classical and medieval thought. He is the author of an intellectual biography of Descartes (OUP, 1995), and among his more recent books are: Francis Bacon and the Transformation of Early-Modern Philosophy (CUP, 2001), Descartes’ System of Natural Philosophy (CUP, 2002), Objectivity, A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2010), and Le monde en images. Voir, représenter, savoir, de Descartes à Leibniz (with Frédérique Aït-Touati: Garnier, forthcoming 2013). He has been enngaged for some time on an examination of the emergence of a scientific culture in the West, and he is now at the mid-point of this project. Two volumes have already appeared: The Emergence of a Scientific Culture: Science and the Shaping of Modernity, 1210-1685 (OUP, 2006), and The Collapse of Mechanism and the Rise of Sensibility: Science and the Shaping of Modernity, 1680-1760 (OUP, 2010). The third volume, The Naturalization of the Human and the Humanization of Nature: Science and the Shaping of Modernity, 1750-1820 should be ready by the middle of the decade.