My initial studies at the University of Malta were in philosophy and history. After graduating B.A.(Hons.) in Philosophy, I pursued a research M.A. focusing on the question of objectivity in contemporary philosophy of history. I then wrote my Ph.D. thesis on ‘Tommaso Campanella’s Philosophy of Law: Virtue, Nature and the Political Community’. Part of my doctoral research was carried out at the Università degli Studi di Roma Tre thanks to an Italian Government Scholarship. I was also a Frances Yates Fellow in Intellectual and Cultural History at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London.
Prior to my appointment as a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, I taught philosophy at St Aloysius’ College (2004-2007) and later at the University’s Junior College (2007-2013), where I was head of Philosophy, Psychology and Classical Studies. I served as the founding director of the University's Centre for the Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) (2014-2018), and as Head of the Department of Philosophy (2019-2020).
I am a member of the editorial board of Bruniana & Campanelliana, an international peer-reviewed journal on early modern philosophy and history of ideas. I also collaborate with the Archivio del Rinascimento, a project of the Istituto per il Lessico Intellettuale Europeo e Storia delle Idee (ILIESI), an institute of the Italian National Research Council (CNR).
I welcome supervision enquiries from students and prospective postgraduate students intending to work on topics related to my research interests (indicated in the section below).
Member, Management Committee, COST Action CA18140 [2020-] People in Motion: Entangled Histories of Displacement across the Mediterranean (1492-1923) http://www.peopleinmotion-costaction.org/
Member, Management Committee, COST Action IS1310 [2014-2018] Reassembling the Republic of Letters, 1500-1800: A digital framework for multi-lateral collaboration on Europe`s intellectual history http://www.republicofletters.net/