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Department of History

Signy Gutnick Allen

Signy Gutnick Allen, Dr.

Signy holds a BA in Modern History and English Literature from the University of Oxford (2010) and an MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of London (2012). She earned her PhD in the History of Political Thought with a dissertation on Thomas Hobbes’s Theory of Crime and Punishment, completed under the supervision of Quentin Skinner at Queen Mary University of London in 2016. She was subsequently an Associate Lecturer in Political Theory in the Department of Politics at the University of York (2016-17) and an LSE Fellow in Political Theory in the Department of Government at London School of Economics and Political Science (2017-2021). Her research focuses on early modern debates around citizenship and political rights, with a particular emphasis on the history of English and European social contract theory and its limitations. She’s also interested in methodological debates about the relationship between political theory and the history of political thought. She is contributing a book chapter on ‘Thomas Hobbes’ to Reconsidering Political Thinkers, eds. Manjeet Ramgotra and Simon Choat, to be published by Oxford University Press, and another book chapter on ‘The Right to Punish’ to the Cambridge History of Rights: Early Modern Volume, eds. Andrew Fitzmaurice and Rachel Hammersley, to be published by Cambridge University Press.  Within the JustCity project, Signy has been assigned the fourth subproject, which seeks to determine the contribution of Cicero’s political thought to the intellectual history of the Enlightenment, with a particular focus on the works of John Locke (1632-1704) Adam Ferguson (1723-1816) and Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797).

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University of Zurich
Department of History
Karl Schmid-Strasse 4
CH-8006 Zurich



Culmannstrasse 1
CH-8006 Zurich