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Dr Anna Plassart

Profile summary

  • Lecturer in History
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Hist, Rel St, Soc, SP&C
  • History
  • anna.plassart

Professional biography

I studied Economics and English at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Université de la Sorbonne. I moved to the UK for my postgraduate studies, and completed an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History (2007) and a PhD (2011) in History at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. 

Between 2010 and 2015 I was a Junior Research Fellow in Modern History at Christ Church, University of Oxford. I joined the OU as a Lecturer in History in February 2015. 

Research interests

My research focuses on the history of European ideas in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I am particularly interested in Scottish and French political philosophy, as well as in the history of social sciences. 

I have published on the historiography of the French Revolution, the history of imperialist thought, and the Scottish Enlightenment. My first book examines the Scottish reception of the French Revolution, and looks at the ways in which David Hume and Adam Smith's intellectual heritage was reshaped by their Scottish readers during the revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. 

External collaborations

I am currently engaged in a collaborative project to reassess the scientific uses of nineteenth-century experimental psychology. I have been working alongside Dr R. C. White (University of Oxford) to make the findings of early studies on synaesthesia more easily available to contemporary psychology researchers. 


James Mill, the Scottish Enlightenment and the Problem of Civil Religion (2018)
Plassart, Anna
Modern Intellectual History ((Early Access))
Théodore Flournoy on synesthetic personification (2017)
Plassart, Anna and White, Rebekah C.
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences: Basic and Clinical Perspectives, 26(1) (pp. 1-14)
Scottish perspectives on war and patriotism in the 1790s (2014-01)
Plassart, Anna
The Historical Journal, 57(1) (pp. 107-129)
"Scientific Whigs"? Scottish historians on the French Revolution (2013-01)
Plassart, Anna
Journal of the History of Ideas, 74(1) (pp. 93-114)
A Scottish Jacobin: John Oswald on commerce and citizenship (2010-04)
Plassart, Anna
Journal of the History of Ideas, 71(2) (pp. 263-286)
‘Un impérialiste libéral’? Jean-Baptiste Say on colonies and the extra-european world (2009)
Plassart, Anna
French Historical Studies, 32(2) (pp. 223-250)
James Mill’s treatment of religion and the History of British India (2008)
Plassart, Anna
History of European Ideas, 34 (pp. 526-534)
The Scottish Enlightenment and the French Revolution (2015-05)
Plassart, Anna
Ideas in Context
ISBN : 9781107091764 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge