Jordan, Alex

Dr. Jordan read History and French at University College London and Université Paris-Sorbonne / Paris IV (2006-10). He received a Master 1 from the Ecole 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). Since January 2019, he is an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg.

Until now, Dr. Jordan’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. At the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, he will also begin work on a new post-doctoral project, focusing on the reception and development of Hegelian philosophy in nineteenth-century Germany.


  • “The Dismal Science Down Under: Responses to Thomas Carlyle amongst Australasian Economists, c. 1880–1920”, European Journal of the History of Economic Thought (forthcoming).
  • “Thomas Carlyle and Isaac Ironside: A Newly Discovered Letter”, Carlyle Studies Annual (forthcoming).
  • “Thomas Carlyle and Stoicism”, Classical Receptions Journal (published online 10 October 2020, forthcoming in print).
  • “Thomas Carlyle and the Australasian Labour Movement”, Labour History (forthcoming).
  • “Thomas Carlyle, Scotland’s Migrant Philosophers, and Australasian Idealism”, Journal of Victorian Culture, vol. 25, no. 3 (2020), pp. 349–64.
  • “Thomas Carlyle, Scotland’s Migrant Philosophers, and Canadian Idealism, c. 1870–1914”, Journal of Scottish Philosophy (forthcoming).
  • “A Carlylean Secretary of Labour in New Zealand: Edward Tregear and Compulsory Arbitration”, Carlyle Studies Annual, vol. 33 (2019), pp. 139-48.
  • “Thomas Carlyle and Lucian of Samosata”, Scottish Literary Review, vol. 12, no. 1 (2020), pp. 51-60.
  • “The Influence of Thomas Carlyle on Land Reform Movements in Australia and New Zealand, c. 1860–1914”, Global Intellectual History (forthcoming).
  • “The Influence of Thomas Carlyle among Economists in Britain, c. 1880–1920”, Historical Reflections, vol. 45, no. 1 (2019), pp. 50–69.
  • “The Contribution of Thomas Carlyle to British Idealism, c. 1880–1930”, Scottish Historical Review, vol. 98, supplement (2019), pp. 439–68.
  • “That Scotch Diogenes: Thomas Carlyle and Cynicism”, International Journal of the Classical Tradition, vol. 26, no. 3 (2019), pp. 295–318.
  • “A drudge’s bargain: Thomas Carlyle on Christian Epicureanism”, Historical Research, vol. 92, no, 256 (2019), pp. 362–85.
  • “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.
  • “Thomas Carlyle and political economy: the ‘dismal science’ in context”, English Historical Review, vol. 132, no. 555 (2017), pp. 286–317.
  • “A Latter-Day Mystery: Thomas Carlyle and Eugène Sue”, Victorian Literature and Culture, vol. 45, no. 3 (2017), pp. 493–508.
  • “Prati, Gioacchino”, Dizinario Biografico degli Italiani, vol. 85 (Rome, 2016).
  • “Be Not a Copy if Thou Canst Be an Original: German philosophy, republican pedagogy, Benthamism and Saint-Simonism in the political thought of Gioacchino di Prati”, History of European Ideas, vol. 41, no. 2 (2015), pp. 221–40.
  • “Gioacchino di Prati, les saint-simoniens, et l’association des peuples européens”, Europe de papier: Projets européens au XIXe siècle, ed. S. Aprile, C. Cassina, P. Darriulat, and R. Leboutte (Lille: Presses universitaires du Septentrion, 2015), pp. 103–12.