Alexander Jordan

About Alex

Alexander Jordan is a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.


Alex Jordan read History and French at University College London and Université Paris-Sorbonne / Paris IV (2006-10). He received a Master 1 from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris (2010-11), and an MRes and PhD from the European University Institute in Florence (2011-15). He subsequently held a post-doctoral scholarship at the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi in Turin (2015-16), and a Marie Curie CO-FUND fellowship at the Max-Weber-Kolleg, University of Erfurt (2017-18). He was an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2019-2021).

Until now, Alex’s research has focused primarily upon the thought of Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), one of the towering figures of Victorian intellectual life. He has already published several research articles, and hopes to soon complete a monograph on Carlyle.



‘Once Again on Carlyle and Lucian’, Scottish Literary Review (forthcoming)

‘Thomas Carlyle and Professor Paul de Lagarde of Göttingen: Their Correspondence’, Carlyle Studies Annual (forthcoming)

‘Thomas Carlyle on Epicureanism in the French and German Enlightenments’, Historical Journal, vol. 61, no. 3 (2018), pp. 673–94

‘David Hume is pontiff of the world: Thomas Carlyle on Epicureanism, laissez-faire, and public opinion’, Journal of British Studies, vol. 56, no. 3 (2017), pp. 557–79