about earlymodernjohn

I’m a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, writing a dissertation about the ways in which English-speakers learnt other languages from the 16th to the early 18th century. I am funded by the AHRC and by Emmanuel College, and supervised by Dr. Phil Withington and Dr. William O’Reilly.

In 2013, I was chosen as one of the BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers – a group of early career scholars working with the BBC on programming that brings academic ideas to a wider audience. With Dr. Richard Blakemore and in collaboration with CRASSH, I’m a co-founder and presenter of the Cambridge PhDcasts, and I’ve worked on the Cambridge History For Schools programme.

My writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Observer, the Sunday Telegraph, the New Statesman, Fire and Knives, The Junket, and elsewhere. If you’re interested to speak to me about writing or speaking, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I’m also a comedy writer and performer. I’ve written for the stage and for radio, and recently I have enjoyed performing academic stand-up at Bright Club in Cambridge and London.

Owl sold separately.

5 Responses to “about earlymodernjohn”

  1. Conor February 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    Looks great John. I look forward to your posts.


  2. Janelle Jenstad July 3, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    Glad to have found your blog! Thanks for mentioning The Map of Early Modern London. — Janelle Jenstad

    • earlymodernjohn July 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

      Not at all – glad you’re enjoying it! I’m a huge fan of the Map project and have found it really useful in my research. Keep up the great work!

  3. Jason Preater February 5, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    Nice owl!

  4. Jean Parisot de La Valette January 31, 2014 at 2:49 am #

    Really glad to have found your blog, and look forward to reading more. Well done
    one Early Modernist to another

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