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Hugo Bromley
Ax:son Johnson Research Assistant in Applied History
Biography: 

Hugo Bromley is an Ax:son Johnson Research Assistant in Applied History at the Centre for Geopolitics. He is currently working to support our Baltic Geopolitics programme, as well as hosting a podcast entitled the Geopolitics of Finance, and organising the Centre’s podcast channel.  

Hugo is a second year PhD student at the University of Cambridge. His research explores the history of economic protectionism. His PhD studies the popular origins of mercantilism in England at the start of the long eighteenth century. By exploring the impact of global trade and transnational migration on English textile manufacturing, the project charts how global encounters situated in England shaped the development of English and later British political economy.

Before joining the Centre for Geopolitics, Hugo worked as a researcher at the International Financial Law Review and as a reporter at IFLR Practice Insight. He received a Distinction in his MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and graduated with a first in International History from the London School of Economics. Hugo also leads undergraduate seminars at Cambridge on Economic and Social History, 1500-1750, and Historical Argument and Practice.

Ax:son Johnson Research Assistant in Applied History
Biography: 

Rachel is a final year PhD student at the Faculty of Divinity, where she is examining how angels are depicted in the Qur’ān. Rachel has a background in both Islamic and biblical studies, and is interested in how the Qur'an relates to late antique, Jewish and Christian narratives in a wide-range of languages. She has a background in modern European languages, and studied modern Middle Eastern politics and history, before focussing on early Islam and the Qur'an. In the Middle East, she has spent time in Syria, the Emirates, Morocco, Jordan, and Israel-Palestine. Rachel is also particularly interested in the culture, history, and politics of the Caucasus and East Africa - both regions she has travelled to as part of her research on late antique texts.

Rachel is also currently a part-time postdoctoral research assistant at the Faculty of Theology, at the University of Oxford.

Ax:son Johnson Research Assistant in Applied History
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John Freeman is a third year PhD student at the University of Cambridge, studying in the history faculty. His research focuses on the Duchy of Courland, a small early modern polity in the Eastern Baltic, and its attempts to establish outposts in Africa and the Caribbean during the seventeenth century. The study aims to connect the Baltic and Atlantic spaces by comparing the concept of the colonial in these two areas, whilst also investigating the particular contexts informing interaction during Courland’s period of attempted expansion. Previously, John completed his MA at the School for Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London. There he wrote on the dispute at the League of Nations over the control of Vilnius in the early 1920s and the use of history by the Polish and Lithuanian delegations. At Cambridge, John has taught on the topics of pre-1914 global history and oceanic historical approaches.

Sophia RC Johnson photo
Convener, Reading group ‘Global political theologies’ (2020-2021)
Biography: 

Sophia R.C. Johnson is a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Divinity, specialising in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. Her PhD research traces the historical development of the conception of “covenant” in the biblical books of 1 & 2 Samuel to show how subsequent interpretation of the text was influenced by the ever-changing political landscape of the ancient Israelite community. She completed her MPhil in Cambridge on the ancient Near Eastern legal background of the oath between the biblical figures of David and Jonathan. She also studied ancient history and archeology at Jerusalem University College in Israel.

Sophia is especially interested in the relationship between ideas about covenant, state, and national identity in relation to the reception history of Old Testament narratives. She is guest-editor for the Journal of the Bible and its Reception towards a special issue “Old Testament Imaginaries of the Nation in German, Dutch, and Anglo-American Political Thought” (forthcoming 2021). She co-chairs the Miqra Society, the Hebrew Bible graduate research seminar, and acts as the Old Testament representative for the Divinity Faculty Anti-Racism Working Group.

Jonathan Yeung
Ax:son Johnson Research Assistant in Applied History
Biography: 

Jonathan is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, specialising in modern Sino-Japanese history. His research wrestles with the 50,000+ students from China who studied in Japan between 1896 and 1945, their encounters with Japanese society, and what this study-abroad movement meant for Sino-Japanese relations both then and now. More broadly, Jonathan is interested in the themes of cultural exchange, studying abroad, movement of ideas across borders, post-WWII reconciliation between China and Japan, and the rise of China. He is also passionate about the history of Hong Kong, where he is from. 

Prior to Cambridge, Jonathan graduated with an MPhil and a BA from the University of Oxford. He is currently a recipient of a Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship. Jonathan also leads undergraduate seminars and supervisions at Cambridge on modern Japanese History.