I studied at New Hall, University of Cambridge, one of only three colleges which then admitted women at that university. After doctoral research at the Warburg Institute, University of London, I taught at University of Hertfordshire (formerly Hatfield Polytechnic), Middlesex University, and Aberystwyth University in Wales. I was Belle van Zuylen Visiting Professor at Utrecht University, and Gildersleeve Visiting Professor, Barnard College, Columbia University. Most recently, I was visiting professor at the University of Paris, Diderot, and at Paderborn University in Germany. I have held fellowships at the Huntington Library, Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), Wolfson College, Cambridge, and the Institute for Intellectual History at the University of St Andrews.
My research focuses on the history of early modern philosophy, especially seventeenth-century British philosophy, with special interests in the Cambridge Platonists and women philosophers. I am also interested in early modern intellectual history more generally.
I have also edited early modern texts, among them a re-edition of Marjorie Nicolson’s Conway Letters (OUP 1992) and an edition of Cudworth’s Treatise Concerning Eternal and Immutable Morality (CUP 1996). I am currently preparing an edition of Thomas Traherne’s Christian Ethicks.