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Mark Somos

LL.M (Sussex), Ph.D (Harv.), Ph.D (Lugd.Bat.), FRHistS. Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Experienced Researcher and Senior Research Affiliate

Academic Career:

Since 2012: Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Sussex Law School, UK

01-03/2017: Balsdon Senior Fellow. British School at Rome, Italy

2016: Lecturer in Political Science. Yale University, USA

2015-2016: Visiting Scholar. Department of Government, Harvard University, USA

2014-2015: Lecturer on Leadership Studies. Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and the Department of Political Science, Tufts University, USA

2014-15: Research Fellow. Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University, USA

2014-2015: Affiliated Scholar, Institutions of Democracy and National Security programs. The Tobin Project, USA

2012-2014: Research Director. Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University, USA

2012-2014: Lecturer on Law. Harvard University, USA

2011-2012: Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Rechtskulturen, Research Network Recht im Kontext, Forum Transregionale Studien, at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and Humboldt-Universität, Juristische Fakultät, Berlin, Germany

2008-2011: Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. Sussex Centre for Intellectual History. Brighton, UK



2014: Ph.D in Law, Leiden University, The Netherlands

2012: LL.M in Law and International Security (Distinction), University of Sussex, UK

2007: Ph.D in Political Science, Harvard University, USA

2006: A.M. in Government and Social Policy, Harvard University, USA

2000: M.Phil., Political Thought and Intellectual History, University of Cambridge, UK

1999: B.A. (Honours) in History (First Class), University of Cambridge, UK



  • The Fabrica of Andreas Vesalius: A Worldwide Descriptive Census, Ownership, and Annotations of the 1543 and 1555 Edition. Brill, Leiden, 2018, 518 S. (zusammen mit Daniel Margocsy and Stephen Joffe) download
  • Boston in the State of Nature, 1761-1765: The Birth of an American Constitutional Trope. In: Jus Gentium: Journal of International Legal History 3:1, 63-113 (2018). download
  • Trust and Happiness in the History of European Political Thought. Brill, Leiden, 2017, 481 S. (Hrsg. mit Laszlo Kontler) download
  • Pirating Mare Liberum (1609). In: Grotiana 38, 176-210 (2017). download
  • Introduction: Trust, Happiness, and the History of European Political Thought. In: Trust and Happiness in the History of European Political Thought, Laszlo Kontler and Mark Somos (Hrsg.), Brill, Leiden 2017, 1-15 (zusammen mit László Kontler). download
  • The Roman Census and Reception of Vesalius’s "De humani corporis fabrica". In: Papers of the British School at Rome 85, 335-336 (2017). download
  • George Ticknor’s "Progress of Politicks" (1816): An American Reception of German Comparative Constitutional Thought. In: MPIL Working Papers, 2017, 2017-20. download
  • John Warren’s "Lectures on Anatomy", 1783-1812. In: History of Universities XXXI, 125-156 (2017). download
  • Harrington’s Project: The Balance of Money, a Republican Constitution for Europe, and England’s Patronage of the World. In: Commerce and Peace in the Enlightenment, Isaac Nakhimovsky and Richard Whatmore Bela Kapossy (Hrsg.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2017, 20-43. download
  • Vesalius’ Fabrica: A Report on the Worldwide Census of the 1543 and 1555 Editions. In: Social History of Medicine 30:1, 201-223 (2017) (zusammen mit Dániel Margócsy and Stephen Joffe). download
  • Petrus Paaw’s Sources. In: Print Quarterly XXXIII:3, 295-295 (2016) (zusammen mit Dániel Margócsy and Stephen Joffe). download
  • Jacques De Gheyn II and Vesalius. In: Print Quarterly XXXIII:3, 293-295 (2016) (zusammen mit Dániel Margócsy and Stephen Joffe). download
  • Reason and Scepticism. In: A Companion to Intellectual History, Richard Whatmore and Brian Young (Hrsg.). Wiley-Blackwell, UK 2016, 417-437. download
  • Bible Interpretation and the Constitution of the Christian Commonwealth in Hobbes’s Leviathan, Part III. In: Storia del pensiero politico 4:2, 175-201 (2015). download


  • Mare Clausum, Leviathan, and Oceana: Bible Criticism, Secularisation and Imperialism in Seventeenth-Century English Political and Legal Thought. In: In the Name of God: The Bible in the Colonial Discourse of Empire, . Carly L. Crouch and Jonathan Stökl (Hrsg.). Brill, Leiden 2014, 85-133. download
  • The Lost Treasures of Sethos, Enlightened Prince of Egypt (1731). In: Athenian Legacies: European Debates on Citizenship, Paschalis Kitromilides (Hrsg.). Leo S. Olschki, Florence 2014, 271-314. download
  • Beyond Minimalism: Didactic Secularisation in De Veritate. In: Grotiana 35:1, 119-157 (2014). download
  • Irenic Secularization and the Hebrew Republic in Harrington’s Oceana. In: European Contexts for English Republicanism, Gaby Mahlberg and Dirk Wiemann (Hrsg.). Ashgate, Farnham 2013, 81-103. download
  • Selden’s Mare Clausum: The Secularisation of International Law and the Rise of Soft Imperialism. In: Journal of the History of International Law 14:2, 287-330 (2012). download
  • "Bonapartes and Sharks”: the Political Philosophy of Herman Melville. In: Storia del pensiero politico 1:2, 239-274 (2012) (zusammen mit Isaac Schapira). download
  • Secularisation and the Leiden Circle. Brill, Leiden, Boston, 2011, 544 S. read
  • Wrestling with Machiavelli. In: History of European Ideas 37:2, 85-93 (2011) (zusammen mit Ioannis Evrigenis). download
  • A Century of “Hate and Coarse Thinking”: Anti-Machiavellian Machiavellism in H.G. Wells, The New Machiavelli (1911). In: History of European Ideas 37:2, 137-152 (2011). download
  • “A Price Would Be Set Not Only Upon Our Friendship, But Upon Our Neutrality”: Alexander Hamilton and Early American State-Building. In: War and Trade: the Neutrality of Commerce in the Interstate System, Koen Stapelbroek (Hrsg.). Collegium for Advanced Studies, Helsinki 2011, 184-211. download
  • Saint Augustine of Hippo, Step-Father of Liberalism. In: History of European Ideas 36:2, 237-251 (2010). download
  • Enter Secularisation: Heinsius’s De tragoediae constitutione. In: History of European Ideas 36:1, 19-38 (2010). download
  • Secularization in De Iure Praedae: From Bible Criticism to International Law. In: Property, Piracy and Punishment: Hugo Grotius on War and Booty in De iure praedae – Concepts and contexts, Hans W. Blom (Hrsg.). Brill, Leiden 2009, 147-191. download



Sigonius’ method: a sixteenth-century Italian source of British imperial reform

University of Bologna School of Law details


American States of Nature

Technische Universität Dresden


Gender and power in the reception of Andreas Vesalius’ Fabrica: results from the census

British School at Rome, Italy details


The rediscovery of Vesalius's Fabrica

Basel Graduate School of History, Switzerland details


American states of nature: the rise of scientific constitutionalism, 1630-1816

Basel Graduate School of History, Switzerland details


Synecdochic interest groups

Yale University. New Haven CT, USA details


Open and closed seas: Grotius, Selden, and the modern international law of commerce

Macaulay Honors College, CUNY. New York NY, USA details


Rediscovering Vesalius’ Fabrica

Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification. Dundee, UK


American states of nature

Intellectual History Workshop, New York University

New York, USA


Sigonio in projects to reform the British imperial constitution, 1752-1781

Royal Netherlands Institute

Rome, Italy


The states of nature, 1651-1816

Heidelberg University, Germany


American states of nature

John Carter Brown Library. Providence RI, USA


American states of nature

The Huntington Library. San Marino CA, USA


Fall 2009, Spring 2010

The History of Human Rights

Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

Institutional Corruption

Spring 2014

Introduction to Leadership Studies

Spring 2016, Fall 2016

Revolution, Rights, and Representation