Dr Cathy Curtis

BA (Hons.) (UNSW), PhD (University of Cambridge)
Honorary Research Associate in History
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry,
University of Sydney


Cathy Curtis researches in the interdisciplinary area of European intellectual, political, religious and cultural history from 1500 to 1700. She has published on Thomas More, Juan Luis Vives and Shakespeare, and renaissance pedagogy, satire and historiography. She is currently writing a monograph on Thomas More’s use of satire.

Selected Publications

“Richard Pace’s De fructu and Early Tudor Pedagogy”, in Reassessing Tudor Humanism, ed. Jonathan Woolfson (Palgrave, 2002), pp. 43-78.
New Dictionary of National Biography essay entry for Richard Pace (Oxford Univ. Press, 2004).

“The Best State of the Commonwealth: Thomas More and Quentin Skinner”, in Rethinking the Foundations of Modern Political Thought, eds. James Tully and Annabel Brett (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2006), pp. 93-112.

“From Sir Thomas More to Robert Burton: the laughing philosopher in the early modern period”, The Persona of the Philosopher in Early Modern Europe, eds. Ian Hunter, Stephen Gaukroger and Conal Condren, (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2006), pp. 90-112.

“The Social and Political Thought of Juan Luis Vives: counsel and concord in the Christian commonwealth”, in A Companion to Juan Luis Vives , The Brill Companions to Christian Thought, ed. Charles Fantazzi (Brill, 2008), pp. 113-76.

“The Active and Contemplative Lives in Shakespeare’s Plays”, in Shakespeare and Political Thought, eds. David Armitage, Conal Condren, and Andrew Fitzmaurice (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2009), pp. 44-63.

“The Public Life of Sir Thomas More”, in The Cambridge Companion to Thomas More, ed. George Logan (Cambridge Univ. Press), forthcoming.