Jacqueline Broad


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1997 …2023

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Personal profile


I am Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Monash Philosophy Department.

I was awarded my PhD at Monash in 2000. Since then, I have been the recipient of two research fellowships from the Australian Research Council: an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (2004-07) and a Future Fellowship (2010-16).

In 2018, I was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

I am the Series Editor of Cambridge University Press’s new Elements series on Women in the History of Philosophy.

I am on the advisory boards for Oxford University Press's Oxford New Histories of Philosophy series and Duke University's Project Vox site, and on the editorial boards of The Journal of Modern Philosophy, the Australasian Philosophical Review, Locke Studies, and the DeGruyter book series New Studies in the History and Historiography of Philosophy.

Research interests

My main area of specialisation is the history of philosophy, with a particular focus on women philosophers of the early modern period (c. 1650-1750).

I have written on early modern theories of virtue, the ethical and religious foundations of women's rights, historical conceptions of the self, the Lockean idea of slavery, and connections between feminism and Cartesianism in the seventeenth century.

I am currently working on an ARC-funded project on women's engagement with Stoicism in the early modern period, together with Lisa Hill and Diana Barnes. For a recent publication from this project, see here.

I am also in the final stages of another ARC project on the philosophical foundations of women's rights (1600-1750), with Deborah Brown and Marguerite Deslauriers. For a recent publication from that project, see here.

You can hear me discussing my research here in an interview with Aidan Ryall for the ABC Philosophers' Zone.

My publications include a two-volume edited collection of women's philosophical letters: Women Philosophers of Eighteenth-Century England: Selected Correspondence (OUP 2020) and Women Philosophers of Seventeenth-Century England: Selected Correspondence (OUP 2019), as well as the monographs Women Philosophers of the Seventeenth Century (CUP 2002); A History of Women's Political Thought in Europe, 1400-1800 (with Karen Green, CUP 2009); and The Philosophy of Mary Astell (OUP 2015).

I am also the editor of Women and Liberty, 1600-1800 (co-edited with Karen Detlefsen; OUP 2017), Virtue, Liberty and Toleration (co-edited with Karen Green; Springer 2007), and a modernised critical edition of Astell's Christian Religion (CRRS & Iter 2013).

I am also a co-investigator on the project Extending New Narratives in the History of Philosophy, funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Grant, and headed by Professor Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser University), with twelve partner institutions worldwide.

For further information about my research (including an up-to-date list of publications), please go to my personal webpage.

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Supervision interests

I am interested in supervising postgraduate students who would like to work on early modern philosophy and the history of feminist thought.

Please do get in touch if you have a project in mind.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Early modern philosophy
  • History of feminism
  • Women philosophers
  • History of philosophy
  • Seventeenth-century philosophy
  • Eighteenth-century philosophy
  • Feminist history of philosophy
  • Mary Astell
  • John Locke
  • René Descartes
  • History of ethical thought
  • History of political thought