Philip Hicks

Faculty Profiles

Phil Hicks

Philip Hicks

Bruno P. Schlesinger Chair of
Humanistic Studies
Spes Unica 148



PhD, Johns Hopkins University
MA, Johns Hopkins University
MA, University of Cambridge
BA, University of Notre Dame

Research Interests 

  • British political and historical thought, 1660-1800
  • History of historical writing
  • Women in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world
  • Catharine Macaulay
  • Neoclassicism

Courses Recently Taught 

  • HUST 103: Lives and Times
  • HUST 205: History of Famous Women
  • HUST 212: High society
  • HUST 461: Cultural history III: Early-modern culture
  • HUST 462: Cultural history IV: Modern Culture

Creative and Scholarly Work 

  • Neoclassical History and English Culture: From Clarendon to Hume (Basingstoke, UK: Macmillan; New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996).
  • “Women Worthies and Feminist Argument in Eighteenth-Century Britain,” Women’s History Review 24, no. 2 (April 2015): 174-90.
  • “The Ancient Historians in Britain,” in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature: Volume 3 (1660-1790), ed. David Hopkins and Charles Martindale (Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 569-92.
  • “Portia and Marcia: Female Political Identity and the Historical Imagination, 1770-1800,” William and Mary Quarterly, 3d Series, 62, no. 2 (April 2005): 265-94.
  • “The Roman Matron in Britain: Female Political Influence and Republican Response, ca. 1750- 1800,” Journal of Modern History 77 (March 2005): 35-69.
  • “Catharine Macaulay’s Civil War: Gender, History, and Republicanism in Georgian Britain,” Journal of British Studies 41 (April 2002): 170-98.

Professional Memberships 

American Historical Association
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
North American Conference on British Studies