School of History, Classics & Archaeology

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Professor Thomas Ahnert

MA, PhD, FRHistS

Professor of Intellectual History; History


Contact information
Address: Room 1.30, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place
Telephone: +44 (0)131 650 3777
Office hours: Mondays 10 am - 12 pm, Tuesdays 10 - 11 am, and Thursdays 10 - 11 am
Affiliated research centres
Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History

I read history at St John’s College in Cambridge, graduating with a PhD in 1999. After working in the Munich office of an international management consultancy firm for some time, I accepted a three-year research fellowship at Edinburgh, which was associated with a project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, on the Science of Man in the Scottish Enlightenment. I was appointed to a lectureship in History in 2005, and subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer and Reader.

I have been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the Max-Planck Institut für Geschichte in Göttingen. In 2010 – 2011 I was the Rosanna and Charles Jaffin Founders’ Circle Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, with additional support from the Herodotus Fund.

External appointments
  • Editorial board member, Grotiana
  • Editorial board member, Electronic Enlightenment
  • Reviews editor, Intellectual History Review
Useful Links

The Historical Association - Podcast

Research in a Nutshell