Announcing the JHI’s 2019 Selma V. Forkosch Prize Winner

The winner of the JHI‘s Selma V. Forkosch Prize for the best article published in Volume 80 (2019) is Sophie Smith for “The Language of ‘Political Science’ in Early Modern Europe” (volume 80, no. 2, p. 203–26). The judging committee writes:

The Selma V. Forkosch Prize committee has unanimously agreed to award the prize for the best essay published in the Journal of the History of Ideas in 2019 to Sophie Smith for her article “The Language of ‘Political Science’ in Early Modern Europe.” The author lucidly explores what it meant to speak of ‘political science’ in Aristotle’s key writings on politics and ethics, in medieval Latin commentaries on them, in early modern works on the theme, and in the views that Hobbes constructed in response. She examines with deep learning and great subtlety how ideas of the “political” and of “science,” which separately evolved in this long period, came to be understood in combination as an intelligible object of its own. Her essay, a model of clarity in exposition, examines the role of the texts she studies in raising new questions about the status of “politics” as something that could be investigated and taught and of “political science” itself as field of knowing having a distinctive language of its own.

Sophie Smith is Associate Professor of Political Theory at the University of Oxford. She is currently working on a project on poetry and the origins of “political theory,” and a book about feminism and political philosophy in the late twentieth century.

The JHI Blog extends its deepest congratulations to Professor Smith and looks forward to reading more of her work.


Editorial Changes at the Journal and the Blog

This spring, JHI is excited to announce some editorial staffing changes at both the Journal and JHIBlog.

At the May 6, 2017 meeting of the Journal’s Board of Editors, Stefanos Geroulanos was elected as Executive Editor of the Journal. He succeeds Warren Breckman, who stepped down as an Executive Editor last year.

After three years of dedicated service as founding editors of JHIBlog, John Raimo and Emily Rutherford are moving on in order to focus on researching and writing their dissertations. Succeeding them will be Sarah Claire Dunstan and Spencer J. Weinreich, who have worked with the blog as Contributing Editors since 2016.

Thank you to all the departing editors for their service to JHI. We wish them well in their new endeavors!